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Landing a job may be difficult following DUI conviction in Texas

It's not uncommon to face some type of circumstances in your life where you later wish you would have made a different decision or choice to do or not do something. For instance, if you were at a local restaurant with friends in Texas and enjoyed an alcoholic beverage or two with your meal, then drove home but police stopped you along the way and you wound up facing DUI charges, you may later wish you had asked the waitress for water with lemon instead.

Not everyone that goes to court on charges of intoxicated driving is a menace to society. In fact, some cases never even make it to court because a judge determines there is not enough evidence or that police somehow violated a defendant's personal rights at some point during an investigation or arrest process. There is also a chance that the Breathalyzer test you took produced faulty results. If you are convicted, you may face many repercussions, especially when it comes to getting a job.

Understanding notice to appear and immigration removal process

Most people in Texas and the rest of the United States enjoy getting mail. You may joke about good, old-fashioned snail mail since getting mail nowadays may equate to text messages, emails or Snapchat photos. However, many agree it is still nice to open an actual mailbox once in a while to find a card or personal note that brightens a day. There are also many types of mail you'd likely rather not receive.

For instance, as an immigrant, you may dread opening an article of mail labeled as a notice to appear. In fact, such a letter may be enough to make your blood pressure soar or cause you to experience a full-on anxiety attack. Upon receiving a notice to appear, you may be able to remain calm and plan your next course of action if you understand the possible implications of the notice and the immigration removal process that will follow.

In Texas, minors face major consequences for alcohol offenses

Texas state laws take a strong stance against drunk driving and all alcohol-related offenses. Conviction of one of these offenses can result in steep fines, harsh penalties and consequences that can affect multiple areas of life. This is also true for minors who find themselves in trouble with the law for various types of offenses related to the consumption or possession of alcohol.

As it is for every other individual facing a charge related to the improper use of alcohol, minors facing these criminal charges would be wise to secure the defense help needed to appropriately confront the case against them. With their future interests on the line, there is no time to lose in building a strong defense.

Did someone promise to speed up your immigration case for a fee?

If you say you experienced several delays in your emigration to Texas, you would definitely not be the first person to do so; some immigrants literally wait years for officials to process their cases. So many factors and regulations impact each situation, and no two stories are exactly alike. Many people try to take advantage of immigrants; so, if you hope to avoid similar problems, you'll want to research U.S. immigration laws ahead of time and know where to seek support if something goes wrong.

Immigration fraud is an ever-growing crime in the United States. It comes in many forms and you'll want to be alert and on the lookout for all of them as you file documents needed to secure your own legal status or that of your children and other family members.

4 tips for discussing a prenuptial agreement

Getting married can be one of the many highlights of your life. As you prepare to walk down the aisle, you may have many details you hope to finish in order to make your day as perfect as possible. While you may want to only focus on the bright and positive aspects of your choice to wed, other less exciting details may also need addressing.

What should you do if your future spouse broaches the topic of a prenuptial agreement? Initially, you may feel shocked and confused as to why he or she would bring up a document used in divorce. However, you may want to take the time to consider the request as it could prove beneficial for both of you.

To speak or not to speak: Your answer may impact your DWI case

If you've ever been driving down a Texas highway only to notice flashing red and blue lights in your rear view mirror, you likely understand how disconcerting it can be, especially when you realize a police officer is attempting to pull you over in a traffic stop. Depending on traffic flow at the time, it may be quite challenging to find a way to safely pull off the side of the road.

You don't want to take too long to do so because that might make the police officer think you are ignoring the request to stop. Then again, you don't want to act too suddenly because that can place you at risk for collision, which would definitely exacerbate your situation. Once you do come to a stop, however, and the police officer approaches your vehicle, everything that happens from that point on may affect the rest of your life, especially if the officer suspects you of DWI.

Fender benders can harm more than your bumper

If you're new to driving in Texas, you might be facing one of the biggest challenges of your life. It's no secret that roadways in this state are often cluttered with traffic and extremely difficult to navigate. You are no doubt like most drivers who do their best to adhere to all posted traffic signs and official safety regulations. Even if you're cautious and alert behind the wheel, however, sometimes there's little to nothing you can do to avoid a crash, especially if a distracted driver is in your midst.

If you're in an accident, you're likely to be emotionally distraught, perhaps even confused or frightened. Even in a minor accident, you might suffer severe injuries that leave you in need of immediate medical attention. It would be nice if, in the event of a fender bender, you could merely exchange pertinent information with the other driver and be on your way. However, this might not be the case if you suffer injury.

Common reasons for lawsuits between neighbors

Are you a terrible neighbor? You may not think so, but what do your neighbors think? Behaviors you may feel are your right on your private property may be an intrusion into the peace and quiet your neighbor deserves.

While many disputes between neighbors can be easily resolved with a few understanding words, other problems escalate to the point where no conversation matters. If you are in such a situation, you may end up in court facing a lawsuit.

Hunting for hidden assets during your divorce

It is no secret that a Texas divorce is complicated. From child custody to dividing stuff between two contentious parties, it can be quite difficult to navigate this process. In a divorce involving complex, valuable or potentially hidden assets, these difficulties increase exponentially. If you are facing a financially complex divorce, you do not have to face it alone.

In some high asset divorces, a spouse may face the temptation to hide or misrepresent the true value of an asset. This is completely unfair to the other spouse, who may have a rightful claim to a portion of that asset. If you believe that your soon-to-be ex-spouse is hiding assets to keep you away from your fair share of marital property, you should take quick action to protect your rights.

What factors into considering your kids' best interests?

Though parenthood can throw many curves your way, you may have found strength in relying on your spouse to help with the parenting responsibilities. However, after realizing that your marriage has lost its way and you have decided to file for divorce, you may feel less certain about how you will handle certain aspects of your life. Because ending a marriage can take a considerable toll, you may begin wondering what your life will look like after divorce.

As you work through your divorce proceedings, you may feel particularly concerned about how your children will handle the situation. You undoubtedly want proceedings regarding child custody to go as smoothly as possible, and because out-of-court decisions occur more commonly in Texas, you may want to understand what aspects could go into consideration when it comes to looking out for your children's best interests.

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