Consequences Of A Reckless Driving Conviction

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Society | 0 comments

Many people in the U.S. drive vehicles and rely on their vehicles for daily transport to school, work, or other locations. Because of the large number of vehicles on roadways, most states take safe driving very seriously and stand ready to charge a reckless driver with serious crimes if they endanger others with their driving. Reckless driving can encompass a number of different behaviors, but some are more commonly seen than others. For instance, some of the most common reckless driving behaviors, reported regularly, include speeding, tailgating, running red lights and stop signs, refusing to yield the right-of-way, and drunk driving. All of these behaviors are potentially dangerous for anyone on the road, sharing it with the driver exhibiting these behaviors. Other forms of reckless driving are also common, but all forms might cause severe legal penalty for a person convicted.

Reckless driving charges can be daunting for anyone, because a conviction often comes with harsh legal consequences. The penalties associated with reckless driving can affect the rest of a person’s life, and can sometimes make it hard to get a job or attend school in the future. Some of the most common penalties for a reckless driving conviction include:

  • License revocation / suspension
  • Mandatory community service hours, sometimes hundreds of them
  • Hefty financial penalties, especially for damage or injury caused
  • Jail / prison time, with varying sentences based on severity of damage or injury

The above are only some of the potential consequences of a reckless driving conviction. Depending on the severity of a reckless driving incident, a person’s penalties might vary significantly from others, especially if the person is implicated in someone’s injury or damage to property.

If you or someone you know is facing charges of reckless driving, it’s important to consult with an experienced legal representative about how to build a defense for yourself. If this is a situation you are facing, you may find some of the information at to be rather useful. A lawyer’s knowledge and training in legal defenses for those who are accused of driving recklessly can be incredibly valuable.

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Arrests And Criminal Records

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Society | 0 comments

Having a criminal record can deeply affect an individuals life. In many cases the person may be denied jobs, acceptance to school, or loan requests based on their history, so it is important that any information present accurately reflects the incident in question. Fortunately, there are some ways to eradicate information from a record that may present complications in the future.

Expunging Your Record
By expunging your record, it may be possible to make it so that no one has access to the potentially damaging information. During an expungement, the individual that was accused of a crime becomes the plaintiff and requests that the court seals the records from public view, essentially cleaning their names.

The state of Texas has unique laws pertaining to which crimes can and cannot be expunged. Any time a person is arrested but found not guilty, the arrest record can be expunged. Similarly, if the person was facing a class C misdemeanor, opted for deferred adjudication, and completed the required amount of community service, the information can be sealed.

Expungement protects a person from the incident becoming public knowledge. Employers, universities, and banks cannot find the record, and therefore, cannot use it against the applicant.

Nondisclosure Options

People that were charged with crimes more serious than a class C misdemeanor may be able to file for nondisclosure of the record, which although different from expungement, is also helpful. Nondisclosure can be attained when the person is offered deferred adjudication and works through their required service as penalty for their crime.

When this situation occurs, only law enforcement agencies can acquire the criminal report, not government agencies or other inquirers.

To find out more about expungement and nondisclosure options, contact a Dallas expungement attorney today. By working with an attorney, you may be able to seal your record and protect your future.

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The Essential Differences Between Chapter 7 And Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 in Society | 0 comments

Facing financial difficulties is a struggle that millions of people have every year all over the country. When a person finds himself or herself unable to pay bills and with mounting debts, it may be time to investigate options for declaring bankruptcy. Despite negative connotations that bankruptcy has suffered in the past, its quickly becoming the go-to method for taking control of ones own debt. Two of the most popular forms of bankruptcy that people frequently utilize are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

While Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy seem very similar, there are a few key differences between the two, which can impact a persons bankruptcy situation. Understanding these basic differences can help you determine which form of bankruptcy may be the best option for you and your loved ones.

Whats the Difference?

There are several differences that one can note between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. While both forms of bankruptcy are available to individuals and businesses, several key differences include:

  • Chapter 7 involving a means test, which determines an applicants eligibility
  • Chapter 13 does not involve asset liquidation to repay debts, while Chapter 7 does
  • Chapter 13 involves constructing repayment plans to gradually repay debt, while Chapter 7 repays debt much more quickly

These differences might impact your decision to file for one form of bankruptcy over another, but its important to remember that, whichever form you determine is right for you, there is always legal help available for those who need it.

If you or a loved one is facing financial difficulties and would like to consider your options for filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced bankruptcy lawyer today to discuss your exact circumstances and what your options for the future are. Bankruptcy may be the key to regaining control over your financial stability.

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Head Injuries

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Society | 0 comments

The human brain is responsible for regulating many vital bodily processes that, among other things, are necessary to keep us alive. It is for this reason that head injuries are among the most serious that someone could sustain. While some people escape from such incidents with a headache and bruises, they actually have the potential to cause someone to suffer long lasting, adverse effects on their health. In fact, many such injuries are tragically fatal and force the victims family into a difficult financial situation while mourning the loss of a loved one. Many states have provisions, however, for the families of those who died from such an injury. They may be able to hold the individual who caused the accident liable for their emotional trauma and other losses.

Common Forms of Head Injuries

Although the brain is protected by the skull, high levels of physical trauma can still do extensive damage to it. Any resulting injury, even seemingly minor ones, could have significant repercussions on the injured individuals health. Following are several commonly occurring head injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injuries most often take the form of concussions, and may be the result of blunt force trauma, whiplash, or other forces
  • Skull fractures a physical impact or trauma breaks the skull in some way. Often due to trauma from high impacts, such as in car accidents.
  • Cerebral hemorrhage bleeding that occurs within the brain tissue. Caused, in addition to other factors, by external trauma.
  • These injuries have a high risk of being fatal to the injured party, which could create a very difficult situation for the victims family. However, they may to hold the responsible person liable for their negligent actions.

Legal Options

If you are currently struggling with the loss of a family member due to someone else’s negligence, you may want to seek medical malpractice legal representation from an attorney who has experience with cases involvingĀ  wrongful death.

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Dangerous Roadway Defects

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Law, Personal Injury Law, Society | 0 comments

For all the caution and care that drivers exercise to avoid causing or becoming involved in accidents, the reality is that this may not be enough to protect them. One easily overlooked danger is the presence of roadway defects which make the road itself a hazard. Motorists have a reasonable expectation that the roads will be properly built and maintained, but municipal authorities often fail to fulfill their duties in this regard and accidents may occur as a direct consequence.

Car accidents caused by highway defects can lead to severe injuries for those involved. This, however, is only the beginning. While a persons health is the most important need to address in the immediate aftermath of an accident, emotional trauma and considerable financial hardship are also likely to arise. If it is determined that municipal negligence is to blame for the accident, it may be possible to file a civil lawsuit seeking financial compensation to address these and other pertinent damages.

3 Common and Dangerous Defects

A roadway might become defective in a lot of different ways, but again and again, the following three defects are reported in association with car accidents:

  • Shoulder Drop-Off
  • Missing Road Signs
  • Potholes

These three defects contribute to a significant number of car accidents and injuries across the United States. In most cases, injury accidents could have been prevented if municipalities that were tasked with roadway maintenance had taken greater care to ensure that they performed their duties. If you have been hurt in a car accident caused by a roadway defect, it is advisable to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney regarding your legal rights and options in this matter.

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