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Brass Knuckles
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: September 4, 2019
  • Category: Deadly Weapons

Beginning Sunday, September 1, 2019, Texans may legally possess brass knuckles for the first time since 1918. Currently, brass knuckles are prohibited in Texas. If caught with them, you face prosecution for a Class A misdemeanor, which means you can face jail time for up to a year and a fine of up to $4,000. Texas State Rep., Joe Moody…Read More

Texas Driver Responsibility Program
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: September 3, 2019
  • Category: DWI

House Bill 2048 killed the notorious Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) in Texas. Governor Abbott signed this bill on June 14, 2019 and it becomes effective September 1, 2019. DRP required that Texas drivers who were convicted of certain offenses were required to pay hefty annual surcharges on top of fines and court costs in order to maintain a valid license.…Read More

Bail Bonds In Texas
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: September 2, 2019
  • Category: Criminal Defense

What Is Bail? One of the first things a person charged with a crime must deal with is bail. Bail is supposed to give the court assurances that the accused will appear in court to answer the charges against him. A bail bond is an agreement between the accused and a surety, otherwise known as a bail bondsman. When a…Read More

Should I Choose Mediation To Resolve My Divorce
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: August 8, 2019
  • Category: Divorce

What Is Mediation? Mediation is one method of “alternative dispute resolution,” or “ADR.” ADR is a popular alternative to traditional litigation and more divorce attorneys are recommending it for their clients. ADR is an approach which takes place outside of court. Mediation is one of the most flexible options because it is very informal compared to the strict rules and…Read More

Prenuptial Agreement
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: August 7, 2019
  • Category: Family Law

What Is A Prenuptial Agreement? A prenuptial agreement (also commonly called a “prenup,” or antenuptial) can sometimes be a taboo topic to propose to your soon-to-be spouse. However, contrary to popular belief, movie stars and billionaires are not the only ones to sign prenups. In fact, a prenuptial agreement is in actuality a simple contract between two people contemplating marriage.…Read More

How Does A Judge Divide Property In A Divorce
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: August 6, 2019
  • Category: Divorce

You’ve heard the statistics- nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. There are many reasons for ending a marriage including adultery, cruel treatment, a felony conviction, or even abandonment. However, because Texas is a “no-fault” divorce state, fault grounds need not be proven. It is sufficient to simply plead that the marriage has become insupportable, meaning there are irreconcilable…Read More

Can I Get A DWI From Just Smoking Marijuana
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: August 5, 2019
  • Category: DWI

Yes! A person can get a DWI even though the person never consumed a drop of alcohol. In Texas, you can get arrested and charged for DWI from taking drugs, alcohol, or any dangerous substance. And the possible consequences of Driving While Intoxicated are the same regardless of the intoxicant. It is helpful to look at the definition of “intoxicated”…Read More

How Does A Court Decide Who Gets Primary Custody Of Children
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: August 2, 2019
  • Category: Child Custody

The Best Interest Of Children Standard.  Child custody, or “conservatorship,” as it is called in Texas, is often the most hotly contested component of a divorce or parent-child suit. If you are seeking primary custody of your child, you should know what a court will consider in making its decision. Texas courts determine all things “conservatorship” by considering one question:…Read More

Self-Defense And The Use Of Deadly Force Under Texas Law
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: August 1, 2019
  • Category: Criminal Defense

In the past few years, there’s been significant news coverage and public outrage over the shooting deaths of civilians by law enforcement. These events have caused a shift in opinion for a large portion of the public, inspiring an entire social movement against unjustified police brutality. Although the Texas Penal Code treats law enforcement differently with regard to the use…Read More

Can I Get Off Probation Early
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: July 31, 2019
  • Category: Probation

The short answer is yes, with some exceptions. The rules vary depending on the type of probation and offense. Deferred Adjudication In Texas, a judge may discharge someone from deferred adjudication probation at any time before the expiration of the community supervision term. The court must find that it is in the best interest of society and the defendant. Some…Read More

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