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Why Would I Need a Protective Order in Texas?

Violence and harassment may be factors in an unhealthy relationship. In Texas, you may file a protective order if a member of your family or other person is targeting you with abuse. These are court orders that can prevent the abusive person from contacting you or your children. A Texas protective order could: Prevent the offending person from committing additional acts of family violence, sexual assault or stalking. Keep the offending person from directly or indirectly threatening you or your children. For instance, the protective order may prevent the offending individual from conveying threats through a third-party (another person). Prevent the offending person from going to a school or daycare that your child attends (if your child is covered by the protective order). These are only a few examples of what a protective order may accomplish. A Texas protective order may also require the offending person to leave your household….
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Can I Rebuild My Credit After Bankruptcy?

Some people believe that filing for bankruptcy can permanently destroy your creditworthiness. However, this is not true. Your credit scores are not permanent. While a record of the bankruptcy will remain on your credit report (for seven to ten years after the file date), you can start to improve your scores after filing. Pull your credit reports. The information in your credit reports is used to determine your credit scores. You can pull your three credit reports for free once per year by using annualcreditreport.com. Dispute any errors on your reports for a quick credit boost. Keep a close eye on your reports as you improve your credit. Make payments on time. Payment history is a major factor for determining your credit scores. Late payments on any remaining debt obligations will hurt your credit worthiness. Timely payments will improve your credit. Be responsible with credit. You may be able to…
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What Are Alternatives to Incarceration in Texas?

Sentencing for a criminal conviction does not always mean you will have to serve time in jail or prison. There may be community supervision options that allow you to avoid a period of incarceration. Multiple factors could determine whether you are eligible for these options. Alternatives to incarceration in Texas include: Deferred adjudication. You will be required to meet the terms outlined by the court. Once these terms are completed, the charges against you are dismissed. The charges and arrest would still appear on your record. However, you may try to see if you can have the record sealed. This community supervision option may be possible if you are a first-time offender. Probation. This is another standard community supervision option in Texas. You will be required to meet the terms of your probation, such as drug testing or visits with the probation officer. Unlike deferred adjudication, there is a record…
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