Lewisville TX Attorney Blog

Court Rules Texas DWI Laws Don’t Discriminate Against Alcoholics

A San Antonio man attempted to overturn a four-year prison sentence by arguing that Texas DWI laws discriminate against alcoholics. According to the man, who was arrested in 2012 after a rollover accident near New Braunfels, state laws ignore that individuals who “suffer from the disease of alcoholism” have a tolerance to the effects of alcohol. The man argued that alcoholics are a protected class under the Americans with Disabilities Act who can be prosecuted for a DWI even if they did not lose control of their mental and physical faculties. However, the court did not accept the argument. In her opinion, the judge argued the man was unable to show evidence that alcoholics are a protected class or that state law treats them differently. Instead, the judge noted the man had argued alcoholics should be treated differently under the law. The Austin 3rd Court of Appeals said that Texas…
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Should You Consider a Mediated Divorce?

Divorce proceedings in the US have a reputation for being inherently adversarial. When many people think of the word divorce, they imagine former spouses fighting tooth and nail over of the terms of the divorce agreement. While this can happen in some cases, divorce is not always adversarial. There are options for negotiating divorce agreements, such as mediation, that help foster cooperation between ex-spouses who cannot agree on the terms of their divorce. Mediation has advantages over a traditional divorce. It is likely to be less expensive. During mediation, you and your ex-spouse create the terms of your divorce with the help of a neutral third party (a licensed mediator). Mediation also encourages cooperation, which can make divorce easier on families. However, mediation is not a good option for everyone. Former spouses must be willing to compromise for the process to work. If you are easily intimidated by your ex-spouse…
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Are You Prepared for a Financial Emergency?

A new survey published by Bankrate.com, a personal finance website, found that only 39 percent of Americans could cover a $1,000 emergency expense. Job loss, surprise medical bills, property damage or a chronic illness could very easily upend the financial lives of these individuals. There are many, many ways to prepare for a financial emergency. However, you could get the process started by using the following tips. Start an emergency fund: You could create an emergency fund to cover unexpected expenses. If you have a tax refund coming in the next few weeks, then you should consider adding it to your emergency fund. A good rule of thumb is to ensure that your emergency fund can cover you for six months. Have an emergency budget in place: You could create a budget that you would use during an emergency, such as job loss. Figure out which expenses you plan to…
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