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Social media use can affect child custody cases

These days, most people use social media in some form or another. Many people enjoy giving life updates, but there are some instances in which social media use could cause complications. In particular, when Texas residents are dealing with divorce or child custody issues, they may want to refrain from getting on social media until their issues are resolved.

It was recently reported that social media use affected a child custody case in another state. According to reports, the situation involved a judge who was assigned to a child custody case. Apparently, the mother in the case sent a friend request via social media to the judge, and he accepted. Though the judge himself apparently did not directly interact with the woman on the social media site, the father involved in the proceedings believed it may have led to a bias in their case, because the judge ruled in the mother's favor.

Man charged in Texas after police seize cocaine

Understanding one's rights can act as a central focus of any criminal defense. If a person had his or her rights violated during a police investigation, that fact could turn a case more in a defendant's favor. Still, violations do not always occur, and it is wise for individuals charged with serious crimes, like those involving cocaine, to understand the various defense options available to them.

One man from another state may soon be looking to make sure he understands his rights and legal options after being arrested in Texas. Reports indicated that the man was driving a vehicle when police officers stopped him for an undisclosed reason. During the stop, the officers apparently wanted to search the vehicle, and the driver allegedly consented to the search.

Bill could lead to animal abuse warranting federal felony charges

When it comes to criminal charges, many Texas laws pertain to how the cases involving state-level criminal allegations should be handled. There are also federal laws, which could lead to more severe punishments. Because laws are often being reconsidered and changed, it is possible for certain state-level crimes to also involve federal felony charges that could apply.

It was recently reported that federal lawmakers have reintroduced legislation that pertains to animal cruelty charges. Currently, crimes of animal abuse are charged and prosecuted at a state level as either misdemeanor or felony charges, but the revived bill would make certain acts of animal cruelty a federal felony. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act would work to close the loophole in current laws that do not make certain acts of animal cruelty illegal under federal law.

Harris County mental health court and diversion programs

The Felony Mental Health Court has been around for a few years. Since 2012, this problem-solving court has been diverting those suffering from mental illness away from prison and facilitating access to treatment and other community resources.

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In October 2018, the Harris County Mental Health Jail Diversion Program expanded as an alternative to Harris County Jail. This program is available for low-level, non-violent offenses. The collaboration between various agencies addresses how mental illness often lands people in the criminal justice system.

Looking for details can help during property division proceedings

Completing the divorce process means going over almost every detail of a marriage. This tactic may seem tedious, but it can help make sure that the best outcomes are reached. In particular, paying attention to as many details as possible can be immensely useful when addressing property division in Texas.

One place to look for details is in financial records. These documents can play a major role in making sure that all assets are accounted for during the division process and could also help concerned parties understand what type of outcome they could hope to reach. Records relating to financial accounts, payments for significant assets, Social Security statements and other similar documents can all provide beneficial information regarding individual and marital finances.

Woman facing manslaughter charge after accidentally shooting man

While accidents certainly do happen, some of them have tragic outcomes. A person may have never meant to harm someone else, but an unexpected event could occur that results in the death of an individual. In such cases, an accused party could face serious allegations, such as manslaughter, and need to defend him or herself against the charges.

It was recently reported that a woman in Texas was taken into custody after a fatal incident. Apparently, the woman had been posing for a photo and was using a rifle as a prop. The woman's boyfriend was going to take the picture, and she pointed the rifle at him while posing. However, the woman accidentally fired the rifle, and her 26-year-old boyfriend was shot.

Texas drug raids lead to charges relating to cocaine, meth

When authorities suspect that drug-related activities are taking place at certain locations, they often work to gather evidence against potential suspects. Often, these investigations lead to raids that can result in parties being taken into custody on charges for possession, distribution or trafficking of substances like cocaine or other accusations. When this happens, accused parties typically want to avoid negative consequences if possible.

It was recently reported that two individuals were taken into custody as the result of separate raids in Texas. Apparently, authorities first carried out a search warrant at a home, and they purportedly uncovered marijuana and cocaine at the residence. As a result, a 24-year-old woman was taken into custody on charges for possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance, both felony charges.

Who controls the smart home technology after separation?

Smart home systems can be used to remotely change the thermostat settings, monitor who is at the door or play music through speakers. In 2017, an estimated 29 million homes had these technologies and the number have been quickly growing in our Houston neighborhoods.

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Following a separation and during the divorce process, these technologies may take on a more sinister role. The person who set up the system and created the passwords may use it to monitor what is happening at the home or harass the other spouse. 

False claims of domestic violence make divorce more difficult

When a Texas marriage ends on rocky terms, a divorce can easily become heated and complicated. In some cases, a person may even make false accusations of domestic violence in hopes of seeking revenge and obtaining a desired outcome, which is often one that hurts the other parent. Even if accusations are false, an accused party will still have a difficult time ahead.

In some cases, a seemingly innocent action taken during an argument could be blown out of proportion during divorce proceedings. As a result, if a person blocked a door during an argument or grabbed a spouse in efforts to get his or her attention, that person's action could be presented as domestic violence in court. This scenario could even lead to a protective order being issued by the court.

Texas security guard charged for violent crime

Authorities are alerted to alleged crimes on a daily basis. In many cases, these alerts lead to investigations that can result in arrests. When a person is arrested in relation to a violent crime, he or she could be at risk of facing serious consequences if convicted of charges.

It was recently reported that one man in Texas was taken into custody. Apparently, the 39-year-old man is a security guard, and police suspect that he had involvement in a robbery and assault. As a result, he was taken into custody and is currently facing charges for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping. The charges stem from an incident that allegedly took place at a nightclub last July.

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