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How do I invoke my Fifth Amendment rights?

Imagine the police pull you over and frighten you so badly that you confess to a crime you didn't commit. Or, maybe you answered police questions in the wrong way and now the prosecution is using what you said against you in court. These kinds of situations happen a lot, but they can largely be avoided by invoking your Miranda rights.

Your Miranda rights are the rights that you often hear police reciting to individuals as they arrest them in the movies.

A racketeering conviction carries serious consequences

Like many other criminal offenses, racketeering charges in Texas can have some serious consequences. The state has enacted racketeering laws in order to combat the activities of gangs and organized crime.

In general, racketeering involves participating in illegal enterprises or other activities that are part of any kind of organized crimes. In addition, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) laws also make it illegal for any criminal organizations to profit from or operate legal businesses. The reason for the RICO and racketeering laws is to stop organized crime rings from engaging in activities that might provide funding for illegal acts.

Don't mess with Texas on DWI charges!

Obviously, no one sets out to get arrested for drunk driving. Yet, approximately every 20 minutes, somewhere in Texas a person gets killed or injured in an alcohol-related collision.

Part of the problem is that consuming even a small amount of alcohol adversely affects judgment. After consuming just a single drink, a person gets impaired to some degree. Multiple factors influence the level of impairment that affects drinkers, including:

  • Body weight
  • Gender
  • Ability to handle alcohol
  • Whether or not the individuals have eaten
  • How much alcohol they consume

Popular marijuana dabs can result in serious felony charges

If you're a marijuana user who also participates in social media or reads marijuana publications like High Times, chances are very good that you've heard of dabs. These increasingly popular marijuana extracts have been around for years, but now they have become the preferred form of marijuana for many regular users.

There are a number of reasons people cite for the popularity of dabs, also called BHO (butane hash oil), wax, glass, shatter and similar nicknames. People enjoy their stronger potency, allowing them to obtain greater effects with less time spent consuming marijuana. These extracts also make it easy for people to use vaporizer pens in public. Finally, many extracts lack the strong, tell-tale sign associated with natural-state marijuana, making it easier to transport or hide. Unfortunately, people in Texas face serious penalties for possessing or using marijuana extracts.

Moving with your child after divorce: Complications

You've gotten a divorce, and you settled your child custody and visitation arrangements with your ex. Everything is going well when you get the call that you've been promoted. Now, the company wants to move you across the country.

You know taking the new job will give you a much higher income and a better ability to provide for your child, but you don't want to give up time with your child. You don't think it's a good idea to leave your child in your ex's primary custody, especially since you fought so hard to get primary custody. What should you do?

Presentation matters: How you need to appear in court

Your children mean everything to you, and you want to make sure you get your fair share of parenting time. While you have a solid case already, you want to do everything you can to make sure the court sees you as a responsible and likable parent.

There are some things you can to do present yourself in court that will help guarantee that you're looked on positively. For example, coming on time is vital to your success and showing that you're responsible. Here are a few other tips for making the best impression in court.

Divorcing in a community property state? Save your assets!

Texas couples whose marriages disintegrate are subject to community property laws. What this means is that all of the assets and gains of the marriage must be divided equally. But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't use advice and guidance from legal and financial professionals to ensure that you get what you need to move on in life.

Fighting for custody: Keeping your cool in court

When you have to fight for custody, there's nothing more important in your life. It's stressful and makes you angry, but it's wise to keep your emotions in check. Fighting for custody doesn't have to mean arguing and causing disturbances in court.

When you have a disagreement over custody, your best bet is to take steps to show what kind of parent you are and to make an effort to be respectful of the other parent, the judge and others involved in your case. The way you present yourself matters. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Understanding how courts divide a pension in Texas divorce

For many couples, retirement accounts are substantial assets. In fact, the amount you've saved or invested over your working years for your retirement could be your biggest financial asset, other than your house. After all, you're hoping to live off of those savings or investments for several decades. That means, among other considerations, that your pension and retirement accounts will in all likelihood be split up if you divorce.

You may think that your pension is your own. After all, it's in only your name, in an account created by your employer. However, in a divorce, it won't matter if you were the only one with a pension or if you stayed at home to raise the kids. Both spouses will generally receive a fair share of any retirement funds or pension.

There are many benefits of a prenuptial agreement

As your wedding day closes in, you're sure to have many questions on your mind.

It's only natural to think about the future, including what would happen if you ever divorce your soon-to-be spouse. While you don't expect this to happen, it's a good idea to plan for both the good and bad.

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