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Talk to police? Some things to consider
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: December 6, 2018
  • Category: Talk To Police

The police want to talk to me. Should I? The short answer is no, you should not agree to talk to police or be interviewed by police before consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Of course, there are circumstances where it is advisable to answer law enforcement's questions, such as when they ask you for your name during a…Read More

Can a Domestic Violence Victim Drop Charges?
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: December 6, 2018
  • Category: Domestic Violence

The victim dropped charges. So why do I still have a case? Many people charged with an assaultive offense believe that if the victim "drops charges" (communicates to law enforcement that he or she does not wish to pursue charges, often by signing an affidavit of non-prosecution) that the case is in fact dropped and that they can go on…Read More

Divorce and Spousal Maintenance after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Under current law, a divorced couple is able to share the cost of alimony or spousal maintenance with the IRS. For instance, when the higher earning spouse pays alimony or spousal maintenance, that spouse may deduct those payment at that spouse's higher rate. At the same time, the lower income spouse receiving the payments reports that income and pays that…Read More

Pulled Over: A Guide to Traffic Stops
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: October 31, 2018
  • Category: Traffic stops

A Guide to Traffic Stops Many criminal cases begin with a traffic stop. How they evolve into criminal cases often has to do with the decisions made by the driver and other occupants in the vehicle. Of course, the police officer's decisions also play a major role. However, do not underestimate the power you have. Before you Hit the Road:…Read More

How a domestic violence charge affects gun rights
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: October 29, 2018
  • Category: Domestic Violence

How does a charge for domestic violence affect your gun rights? For gun owners, a family violence case can wreak havoc on their gun rights. Under Texas law, if you are convicted of a family violence offense you cannot possess a firearm for five years following your release from confinement or five years from your release from community supervision. In other words, if…Read More

Criminal Diversion Programs: Deferred Prosecution Program

Criminal Diversion Programs: Tarrant County's Deferred Prosecution Program (DPP) If you have been charged with a crime in Tarrant County, you might have an opportunity at a second chance through one of several diversion programs. The Tarrant County District Attorney's Office has created a program for first time offenders called The Deferred Prosecution Program, or "DPP." If you meet the requirements…Read More

Is it legal to possess CBD Oil in Texas?
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: September 26, 2018
  • Category: CBD Oil

The answer is both yes and no, depending on whether you satisfy very narrowly defined criteria. The Compassionate Use Act (Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 487) makes it legal for individuals with intractable epilepsy to possess CBD oil if they satisfy the following requirements: They obtained the CBD oil from a licensed dispensary in Texas pursuant to a prescription froma…Read More

Do's & Don'ts of a DWI Stop
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: September 26, 2018
  • Category: DWI

Pulled Over and You've Been Drinking--What Now? If you've been drinking and the police pull you over, you can choose to make things better or worse for yourself. First of all, it is legal for people (21 years and older) to consume alcohol and drive so long as they're not intoxicated. In other words, you're not guilty of DWI merely…Read More

Gun crimes: possession and carrying in Texas
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: September 12, 2018
  • Category: Gun Crimes

If you own a gun in Texas, as many people do, it is essential that you know how to do so in a legal way. Many people are not aware of the laws at play and therefore end up with criminal charges that jeopardize their career, livelihood, and reputation. In this article, we will discuss, in general, the circumstances under…Read More

Child Custody: Conservatorship & Visitation
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: September 4, 2018
  • Category: Child Custody

When going through a divorce or a suit affecting the parent-child relationship ("SAPCR"), it's easy to get confused on all of the legal terminologies and what they mean in regards to child custody and support. There are three main areas that must be addressed when children are involved: Conservatorship; Possession and Access Schedule; and Support. Most parents understand the third…Read More

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