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Drunk driving charge re the death of a Lyft passenger

Cars are necessary to be able to get from point A to point B in our busy daily lives. Sadly the increase in traffic leads to an increase in the likelihood of being involved in an accident. A serious accident in Texas very early one morning resulted in the death of a man returning home from a trip. The accident was allegedly the result of drunk driving.

A man was returning home from a trip and had summoned a Lyft car to get home from the airport. He was within five miles of his home when he texted his wife that he would be home soon. Shortly after that, a truck nearing an intersection reportedly clipped one vehicle, then continued through the intersection and collided with the Lyft car.

4 provisions that may make your parenting plan better

Going through a divorce can be overwhelming. If you share children with your spouse, though, deciding how to parent them in a post-divorce world can be challenging. With the right parenting plan, you remove much of the uncertainty that comes from sharing physical custody

There is no such thing as a standard parenting plan. On the contrary, parents must decide how to split parental responsibilities in a productive way. That is, what works for another family may not be right for yours. While you probably want to address education, medical treatment and other important matters, there are some commonly overlooked provisions that may improve your parenting plan. Here are four subjects you may want to address.

Do you want to keep your business after your divorce?

As an entrepreneur, your business is part of your identity. While everything may seem to have become topsy-turvy during your divorce, you may find some stability by focusing on your company. Nonetheless, if your business is marital property, you could lose it after a divorce. 

Texas judges usually split marital property evenly. If you are hoping to keep ownership of your business after a divorce, you likely need to think about preventing it from becoming marital property. While far from an exhaustive list, here are some basic suggestions. 

Social media bullying can end in a need for juvenile defense

Social media has become a weapon of the 21st century. It can be particularly lethal when used by teenagers against teenagers. The days of schoolyard bullying seem almost quaint by comparison to today's online rants that can pursue a child not just in the schoolyard but everywhere he or she goes in Texas. There is no safe haven. Such harassment may drive a person to execute an action they might not otherwise commit and leave the individual  in need of a juvenile defense.

A 16-year-old high school junior is accused of stabbing two people, one of whom died. The two teens confronted the accused in the driveway of her home. The dispute concerned a series of social media posts, some of which included threats. It is unclear whether the girl acted in self-defense.

Signs your loved one has a Xanax addiction

Xanax is a drug that doctors prescribe to treat panic disorders and anxiety. The generic name for Xanax is alprazolam. It falls under a category of medications known as benzodiazepines that produce a relaxation effect by affecting the central nervous system and brain. 

While Xanax is useful in the right circumstances, it is also possible for people to obtain, use or sell it illegally. If you have concerns that someone you know is misusing or abusing Xanax, here is some important information for you to know.

Teen home invasion suspects may need juvenile defense

Teenagers are easily influenced and often ready participants in activities that could lead them into trouble. Looking to fit in, gang initiation or even boredom can cause teens to engage in activities they might regret. Three Texas teens in Hallsville may have been involved in a home invasion case recently and may be in need of a juvenile defense.

They turned themselves in to police after they learned they were being sought in connection with two recent home invasions in the area. The police had warrants for their arrests and are charging them each with second-degree felony aggravated assault. The authorities say the victims of the home invasion reported that the perpetrators were armed and held them at gunpoint.

Your child’s underage DWI could mess up the future

Like most parents, you work hard to raise good kids. Despite your best efforts, your son or daughter probably regularly makes mistakes. Simply put, mistakes are part of the adolescence experience. Fortunately, as with most errors in judgment, there are no long-term consequences. That generally is not true, though, for an underage DWI conviction. 

Texas does not take underage drinking and driving lightly. On the contrary, prosecutors may choose to subject your child to the adult court system. While the first and second instances of underage DWI are usually misdemeanors, subsequent infractions could give your son or daughter a felony rap sheet. If prosecutors have charged your child with underage DWI, you must explore all legal options. You should, however, realize the consequences of an underage DWI may not cease when your child completes the sentence. 

Social media threats can lead to a need for juvenile defense

Adolescents are prone to making snap decisions and acting on those decisions. In the age of social media, such decisions and actions can come with dire consequences in Texas. People say things in the heat of a moment that they might not mean, or at least have no intention on following through on any implied threats. When the implied threats involve the stated intention of causing harm, the threats cannot be ignored and may cause an adolescent to be in need of a juvenile defense.

An adolescent girl was recently arrested after making threats against L.D. Bell High School located in Hurst. The threats were transmitted to about 15 students and staff over a period of three days. There was a brief lockdown when the threats were first discovered. The content of the messages indicated there would be a shooting at the school and that homemade explosives might also be used.

Juvenile defense needed re robbery gone wrong

Adolescents in Texas and elsewhere are prone to moodiness, outbursts of temper and feelings they can't necessarily explain. Anyone who has been the parent of a teenager can attest to this. Many also have memories of their own struggles through the teenage years. None of this is meant to lessen the tragedy that occurred in Donna when an apparent attempted robbery went very wrong creating the need for a juvenile defense.

Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputies were summoned to a business via a 911 call early one morning. Upon arrival, they found the caretaker, a 69-year-old male, dead from apparent stab wounds. Another individual, a 21-year-old male, was found nearby severely wounded with apparent stab wounds. The injured man was conscious and identified the assailant as a teenager who lived in the neighborhood.

New laws in Texas for 2019

If someone asks you how much you know about Texas state law, you may not know how to answer. While you may be aware of some obvious crimes, such as shoplifting or drunk driving, you may not be aware of the intricacies in the statutes. This is before the consideration that laws change frequently–in fact, there are plenty of new laws in place for 2019. 

The new Texas laws cover a wide variety of topics, from car titles to the number of courts across the state. Keeping up with new laws will help you stay out of trouble. Here are some notable new laws in Texas.

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