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September 2019 Archives

Insurance Company Defenses at the Movies

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for AdobeStock_116715709 (1).jpegMany vehicle collision and other claims hinge on legal loopholes which are relatively easy to explain but rather difficult to visualize. Since so many injury victims in Fort Worth are visual learners, we wanted to examine some of the most common insurance company defenses in a rather nontraditional way.

The Three Different Types of DWI Prosecutions in Parker County

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for romberg.jpegNew York lawmakers passed the nation's first DWI law in 1910. For many years thereafter, police officers often released intoxicated motorists with just a warning. Then, beginning in the 1980s, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and other advocacy groups successfully pushed for change.

The Three Types of Assault in Tarrant County

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for AdobeStock_116715709 (1).jpegAside from DWI and perhaps drug possession, assault is probably the most commonly-charged criminal offense in Tarrant County. Assault is a crime of moral turpitude, so in addition to its substantial direct consequences, like high fines and lengthy jail time, it has some substantial indirect consequences, including possible immigration effects.

Home Invasion Laws and Defenses in Parker County

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 920x920 (1).jpgMany jurisdictions have separate home invasion laws. But in Texas, the burglary and criminal trespass laws apply to home invasions. The lack of a separate law forces prosecutors to shoehorn home invasions into a category where they do not naturally belong. As a result, these prosecutions have lots of moving parts, and that dimension gives Weatherford criminal defense attorneys an edge.

The Texas Post-Conviction Two Step: Early Discharge and Nondisclosure Orders

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for AdobeStock_80814322.jpegDuring plea negotiations, prosecutors often recommend deferred adjudication probation, especially if the defendant has no criminal record. In other cases, judges may be willing to grant deferred adjudication after an open plea. In open plea matters, defendants literally throw themselves on the mercy of the court. They plead guilty without working out an agreement with prosecutors. This approach is very risky, but it is a good idea in some situations.

Possible Defenses in Assault Cases

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 920x920 (1).jpgMisdemeanor assault, which is in Section 22 of the Texas Penal Code, is one of the most commonly-charged misdemeanors in Tarrant County. In most cases, assaults occur because arguments get a bit too heated. Assault is a Class A misdemeanor, so a conviction could mean up to a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

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