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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

Expunctions And NonDisclosures
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: July 30, 2019
  • Category: Criminal history

Your arrest history can limit your life in many ways. When applying for a job, apartment lease or a bank loan, you often are required to answer questions about arrest history. Limit the impact of criminal history. A prior arrest or charge may be sealed under Texas law. Depending on how your case was resolved, you may be eligible for…Read More

DWI: Drug & Alcohol Testing
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: July 29, 2019
  • Category: DWI

In Texas, like other states, when a driver accepts the privilege to drive (receive a driver’s license) he or she consents to being tested for drugs and alcohol if suspected of driving under the influence. However, a driver can revoke this consent. But what happens when a driver is unable to revoke consent due to unconsciousness? Implied Consent in DWI…Read More

Legal Hemp Texas

By now you’ve probably heard about it. On June 10, 2019, Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill legalizing hemp in Texas. The legalization of hemp presents challenges to the prosecutions of marijuana cases because both marijuana and hemp are cannabis plants. The chief difference between marijuana and hemp is that hemp does not contain sufficient amounts of THC to produce…Read More

New DWI Laws In Texas
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: July 24, 2019
  • Category: DWI

Finally, as of September 1, 2019 deferred adjudication community supervision (deferred probation) will be available to first time driving while intoxicated (DWI) and boating while intoxicated (BWI) offenders in Texas.  House Bill 3582 amends Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 42A.102(b) to permit a judge to impose deferred adjudication community supervision for someone charged with DWI (or BWI) for the…Read More

Search and seizure: Common Exceptions to Warrant Requirement

Common Exceptions to the Fourth Amendment Warrant Requirement Imagine being pulled over or at your home and being greeted by a friendly police officer who takes it upon himself to search your car or home.  Hopefully, that search does not yield any incriminating evidence, but either way, you will likely ask this question: Don't the police need a warrant to search my car…Read More

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