I Have a Structured Settlement, and I Need Cash Now

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I Have a Structured Settlement, and I Need Cash Now You have a reason to rejoice if you have a structured settlement. You have payments that will keep coming to you for an extended period of time. However, you may be a little bit on edge because you have to wait for all of your payments, and they may be small. You may need a large sum of money now for a large purchase or to keep you afloat while you are recovering from your injury. Your structured settlement may seem sub-par if you are unable to do that with …

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Texas DWI Defined

Under Texas law, driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol is a criminal offense that can have extremely serious legal consequences. Authorities are actively looking for people who violate the law, and many drivers are surprised to learn that they can be accused of driving while intoxicated (DWI) even after only a few drinks. In some cases, drivers may be arrested for a DWI even if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is below the limit that the law defines as “intoxicated.” Fortunately, there are often a number of ways in which a Texas DWI defense lawyer can help reduce the …

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How to Reduce DWI Charges and Penalties in Texas

How to Reduce DWI Charges and Penalties in Texas If you are charged with driving while intoxicated, a conviction can have serious personal and financial consequences. For example, a first offense carries a fine up to $2,000, a jail sentence between 3 and 180 days, a loss of one’s driver’s license up to a year, and an annual fee of $1,000 or $2,000 for 3 years to retain one’s driver’s license. Because of the severe punishment possible from a DWI conviction, it behooves you personally and financially to take all the necessary steps to reduce a DWI charge and thereby …

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Can Marijuana Businesses Survive the Trump Administration?

One of the most notable trends of the most recent election was the explosion of laws legalizing recreational and medical marijuana across the nation. In fact, while only 8 states currently allow recreational use, the majority of states have legalized the use of marijuana in one form or another. This explosion has caused a chain reaction, a matching eruption of businesses prepared to sell marijuana products wherever it is legal. One of the largest of these companies is Dixie Brands, an enormous Colorado-based business. Dixie Brands, founded in 2010, currently has branches operating in Arizona, Colorado, California in Nevada. They …

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H.R. 7: the First Step to End Access to Abortion

Days after worldwide Women’s Marches, the House of Representatives voted to pass bill H.R. 7. The Bill, also known as the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act,” is meant to curb abortion rights by banning the use of federal funding for abortion services except in extreme cases. The bill is an extension of the controversial Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment Passed by the House of Representatives in 1976, the Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision that blocks federal Medicaid funding for abortion services. Three very narrow exceptions exist: if the pregnancy is a result from …

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Theft and Property Crime

Theft and Property Crime The law is meant to protect both person and property. The Texas Penal Code, therefore, has a wide range of criminal statutes that prohibit depriving another person of or damaging his or her land or belongings. A conviction for theft or any type of property crime not only carries the possibility of time in jail and crippling fines. It can leave you with a criminal record that could haunt you for life. You could appear untrustworthy to lenders, and may have a tough time getting a job where you are required to handle anything valuable. Austin …

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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Under Texas law, charges of violence or threats of violence against a family or household member are taken more seriously than charges of violence against a stranger. There are different, more severe penalties. There are different procedures in place, including policies that prevent the alleged victim from dropping the case. This is despite the fact that domestic violence charges can arise out of misunderstandings, and even false or exaggerated claims. Austin Domestic Violence Lawyer If you are facing charges of domestic assault or any similar charge in Travis County, you can have an experienced lawyer on your side. …

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First-Time Offenders

First-Time Offenders Individuals who are charged with a crime for the first time are often filled with fear and confusion. Questions about what their future holds, or whether or not they will have to go to jail are among their most pressing concerns. It is important to understand that being arrested for a crime does not automatically mean it will lead to jail time. With the help of a dedicated defense lawyer, you may be able to avoid time behind bars. Attorney for First Time Offenders in Austin If you have been arrested for a crime and you are a …

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Weapons Charges

Weapons Charges In some instances, it is illegal for certain individuals to be in possession of a firearm. Furthermore, many times when a crime involves the use of a weapon the penalties will automatically be enhanced. This could mean that a crime that is normally considered a misdemeanor can be upgraded to a felony, which would dramatically influence the amount of time you could spend behind bars. The best way to avoid extensive time behind bars is to consult with a Travis County defense attorney who may be able to find mitigating factors that could prevent your charges from escalating. …

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Violation of Probation

Violation of Probation Probation, or community supervision, serves as an alternative to the prison system. In probation, a person who has been convicted of a crime, usually a first-time or nonviolent offender, lives and works in his or her community, instead of in prison. It is usually a much preferable consequence than being behind bars, although it typically comes with many restrictions and requirements. If you are on community supervision, you know how close you can come to winding up behind bars and being completely deprived of your liberty. A reported violation of probation (VOP) can put your freedom at …

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