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Was that Breathalyzer properly calibrated?

The police pull you over and accuse you of driving while intoxicated. You did have a drink with dinner, but you don't think you're anywhere close to the legal limit.

When the officer gives you the breath test, it says you're at 0.09. You take the test a second time, and it says 0.03.

No easy choices following a brain injury

The accident that left your loved one with a brain injury has also left your family in fear and uncertainty. Your family may have depended on the income of your loved one, and now it is uncertain if he or she will ever be well enough to work again.

If the insurance company has made an offer, you may be tempted to accept it. After all, some money is better than no money. However, you should be aware of the possibilities for the future and the long, often expensive recovery prospects that frequently follow a brain injury.

Have you fully considered the financial implication of a DUI?

When you actually stop to consider the immense financial impact that a drunk driving charge can have on a person, it becomes very clear why it is so important to defend yourself against a DUI.

So what kind of financial penalties are associated with a DUI? Let's get into some of the details:

Options for immigrant parents facing child custody problems

If you're currently facing an immigration problem that involves detainment, you are definitely not the only one in Texas. As a good parent, you are no doubt especially concerned with how your current situation may negatively impact your children. Others who have gone through similar experiences in the past have overcome serious child custody problems by knowing their rights ahead of time and also where to seek legal support when needed.

As a parent, you know what is best for your children more than anyone. However, if you wind up facing removal, it is a very real possibility that you could lose custody of your children. In fact, there are currently many immigrant advocates throughout the nation calling for reform in a system they say strips immigrant parents of their rights, especially regarding deportation and child custody situations.

Avoiding tenant troubles by careful vetting

Purchasing property to rent has always been a popular form of investment. With the right knowledge and skills, you may be able to turn a well-run building into a retirement plan. However, as the owner of a rental property, you have your share of challenges, including emergency repairs, security issues and troublesome tenants.

Whether you have the expertise to make repairs and do maintenance on the building, or you hire someone to manage those tasks, you still likely deal with tenants in one way or another. Investment properties can be a wonderful way to provide yourself with a steady income, but much of that success depends on the quality of tenants who occupy your units.

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.

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