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Marriage Equality

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that it is unconstitutional to ban gay marriage in this country. Whether or not you agree with the Supreme Court's ruling, the effects of this decision are far-reaching. We must consider, not only, the changes this ruling will bring to divorce and custody cases, but to matters of health insurance, spousal support /maintenance, retirement and survivor benefits.

Next Steps in Waco, TX Shootout

The aftermath of the shootout between two Texas-based biker groups, the Bandidos and the Cossacks, has proven to be a huge task for the Waco police department and judiciary. With the number of individuals being held hovering around 200, there may be logistical issues not yet considered.

Waco Shootout

Nearly 200 individuals have been arrested since the May 17, 2015 shootout between two rival biker groups, the Bandidos and the Cossacks. The shootout, which occurred at the Waco, TX restaurant Twin Peaks, allegedly began over a disputed parking spot and ended with nine people dead.

Understanding Divorces and Annulments

When a married couple decides to end their relationship, the decision is never an easy one. While a split may be the most pragmatic path to take when the troubles between partners become irreconcilable, the emotional weight of the process can sometimes cloud the judgment and awareness of those involved. If you are considering divorce, it is important that you understand the different options available and the impact that each option may have on your future.

The Value of Seeking Adequate Representation

Whenever a police officer makes an arrest, he or she is required to read the party being arrested their Miranda rights. While the wording may change depending on your state, the information conveyed is uniform. One of the most important pieces of information conveyed during the reading of these rights is each individual's right to an attorney. Pop culture has inundated us with the phrase "You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be provided for you," as the main suspect of the crime is escorted into a squad car. This is actually a woefully short summation of a very important provision of the Constitution.

Think Before You Tweet

How we think of communication has changed drastically since the advent of social media. A study by the Pew Research Center shows that about 71% of adults used Facebook in 2014. Furthermore, 52% of adults use more than one social media platform. Chances are, if you have a computer, a phone, or a tablet, you have some sort of social media account.

What are my options during a DWI stop?

It has been a long day, and to blow off a bit of steam, you and a few of your coworkers decide to stop at your local bar for a drink. After having a few beers, you pull out of the bar and begin the drive home. No sooner have you passed through your first stop light do you see red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror. As you pull over, questions race through your mind. How much did I drink? Am I sober enough to drive? What do I say to the officer? Should I contact a Texas DWI lawyer?

Custody Jury Trials

When a marriage crumbles to the point that divorce is inevitable, it can seem as if your entire world is falling apart. You have a heavy list of obligations to think about, including the division of your assets, custody of your children, and visitation rights. When children are involved in a marriage, they will be your most pressing concern. You want what's best for them, which includes a home base where they will feel secure, adequate support, and establishing primary guardianship. For the best possible outcome, you may find that custody and jury trials go hand in hand.

Criminal Discovery in Texas AKA the Michael Morton Act

Senate Bill 1611, also known as the "Michael Morton Act," officially went into effect in the state of Texas on January 1, 2014. The criminal discovery legislation requires prosecuting attorneys to disclose to the defense team with any evidence that they acquire in an effort to help overturn wrongful convictions. The prosecutor must also maintain records of the information provided. Disclosed records might include law enforcement reports, statements provided by witnesses and any other evidence that the prosecution possesses. The legislation makes information sharing transparent and comprehensive.

Pretrial Motions in Texas

Before a criminal case goes to trial, the prosecutors, the defense team and the defendant meet with the criminal court judge in a pretrial hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to establish what evidence and testimony will be presented or excluded in the criminal trial. Cases may be won or lost in pretrial hearings.