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What you should know about pretrial diversion programs

You've been accused of a crime, and you know that your entire life will change if you're convicted. Do you have any other options than to go to court? Fortunately, there could be another path open to you.

With certain types of offenses, you may be able to pursue deferred adjudication or pretrial diversion, which would result in your case being dismissed upon completion of the requirements.

3 reasons a breathalyzer isn't always accurate

You had a drink or two before getting into the car, but you never expected your blood alcohol concentration to come back higher than .08. Despite this, the officer tells you you're over the limit. How can that be?

There's a chance that the test is incorrect. When an officer uses a breathalyzer test on you, there are a few things that can go wrong. Here are three things that could make the test come back incorrect.

Texas car accidents: 2 killed by suspected drunk driver

Thousands of people drive to airports in Texas and throughout the nation every day. Many travel for business, while others embark on trips to exotic or romantic locales. Unfortunately, car accidents can occur as travelers drive to or from the airport. While most accidents may cause only a delay or damage to a vehicle, a recent accident near the Dallas airport claimed two lives.

A 23-year-old woman and her 26-year-old boyfriend were headed to the Dallas International Airport to start on a trip to Paris. According to police, the driver of another car ran a red light and hit the couple's car. The impact caused their vehicle to hit a pole. Both the man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The man who ran the red light was allegedly speeding and was suspected of driving under the influence.

Prenups are vital in divorce property division

Many millennials in Texas and around the nation are now developing prenuptial agreements before they get married. Other generations may have attached a stigma of sorts to this type of agreement. In other words, discussing how property division would be handled in the event of a divorce may appear that there is an expectation that the marriage will end. However, the increase in prenups signals a trend that people are approaching marriage in a more practical manner.

Surveys show that millennials are now waiting until later in life to get married. Typically, they are bringing more assets into the marriage they want to protect. In other situations, prenuptial agreements are suggested when there is a blended family or a second marriage. They are also recommended for individuals who want to safeguard an inheritance or business.

Do you want sole custody of your kids?

If you want sole custody of your kids, it’s time to learn more about this arrangement and what it will mean to all parties involved.

As a loving parent, you have one thing on your mind: Ensuring that your children receive the proper care and attention now and into the future. If you have reason to believe that sole custody is the best way for this to happen, it’s important to better understand the legal definition of sole custody and the evidence necessary to convince a court to grant it.

Texas car accidents: 3 dead, 1 injured after crash

Losing a loved one is devastating, no matter what the circumstances. However, when someone dies due to another person's negligence, the loss seems all the more tragic. Drivers' negligent behavior may lead to fatal car accidents, such as one that recently occurred on a Texas highway.

According to the Houston Police Department, a 37-year-old man was driving a pickup truck on Highway 288. Reports state that he was traveling at a high rate of speed. The man swerved into the road, and his pickup struck a compact car.

Possible traumatic brain injury and more caused by hit-and-run

The life of a 16-year-old student in a Texas high school will likely never be the same after a speeding van struck him about a month ago. This was a hit-and-run incident, and law enforcement recently arrested the driver who was allegedly responsible. The arrest report indicates that an 18-year-old student from another high school caused the crash. Unfortunately, the victim may be left coping with a traumatic brain injury.

Police reports note that a witness saw the 16-year-old cross the street after pushing the crosswalk button. While he was in the crosswalk she saw the speeding van strike the pedestrian -- the impact reportedly propelled the victim through the air, and he landed more than 90 feet away. Upon his arrest, the driver reportedly told officers he drove his mother's van on that day. Although he apparently acknowledged that he knew he hit something, he was not sure what it was, and simply drove home.

Parenting plans helpful during separation or divorce

Raising children is a challenging endeavor for every Texas parent, whether married or single. Several issues, such as education, religion and how to discipline, may create conflicts between partners. While these issues can prove to be stressful to anyone, the stress level could escalate quickly when divorce is involved. Many ex-couples find it important to discuss these hot-button issues in parenting plans.

When creating a parenting plan, experts suggest to only pick certain battles. Some ex-spouses may never agree on a specific issue, but it is important to acknowledge the disagreement and move forward. Keeping emotions in check is vital to these discussions.

Slip-and-fall incident at mall leaves woman injured

When a Texas resident is injured in a public place, a common response is to find where to place blame for the injury. In many cases, this action is appropriate, and steps should be taken to hold parties accountable for possible negligence. This could be the property owner and/or a party in possession or control of the premises. A recent Harris County slip-and-fall accident resulted in injuries and a lawsuit has been filed.

A woman was shopping at the Willowbrook Mall in May, 2015. According to a complaint filed in the Harris County District Court, she fell on a puddle of water near the beer coolers. She needed medical care and treatment for her personal injuries.

Texas car accidents claim 2 cyclists' lives

Hundreds of cyclists recently gathered outside Houston to train for a charity event to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The cyclists were likely focused on building endurance for the upcoming lengthy race, not on car accidents. However, tragedy struck when two participants were killed by a Texas motorist.

The Waller County Sheriff's Office reports that a 25-year-old man was driving his vehicle near the cyclists when he struck a 48-year-old woman with his car. Shortly after he hit the woman, he ran into another cyclist, a 37-year-old man. Both riders were killed from the impact. Another cyclist was forced to dive from his bike into a ditch to avoid being hit. The third cyclist was transported to a nearby hospital, according to local authorities.


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