Who Keeps the Property in a Divorce?

April 2, 2019

If you are going through a divorce in Texas, you might be concerned about who gets the property. There really isn’t a definitive answer regarding the separation of property in a Texas divorce case. There are several questions that must be asked to help determine if it is joint property or if it is separate property. Texas law considers it to be separate property if...

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Understanding the Complexities of the Texas Penal Code

April 1, 2019

The main criminal code of the State of Texas, the Texas Penal Code was enacted originally in 1856 then revised in 1973. The revised Penal Code is based partly on the American Law Institute’s Model Penal Code. Before 1856, the common law was used to govern Texas criminal law with only a few penal statutes serving as exceptions. The fifth legislature passed an act that...

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What is Considered a Violent Crime in Texas?

April 1, 2019

While crime happens everywhere, there are some communities that are more prone to violent crime. Laws were created to crack down on violent crime, and often the penalties are quite harsh in response. In Texas, actions that are classified as violent crime include murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assault. America’s Health Rankings annual report indicated that in 2018 Texas reported 439 violent crimes per 100,000...

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Is There an Opioid Epidemic in Texas?

March 31, 2019

There is a nationwide opioid epidemic, and of course, that opioid epidemic affects every state differently. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that in 2016 there were 1,375 people who died from opioid-related overdoses in the state of Texas. That was a rate of 4.9 deaths for every 100,000 people. While that is much less than the national average of 13.3 deaths per 100,000...

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What are the Marijuana Laws in Texas?

March 29, 2019

Marijuana has been mentioned in the news a lot lately. Whether it is for medicinal use or recreational use, you need to be familiar with the marijuana laws in Texas. A drug charge could haunt you for the rest of your life, so you want to avoid a conviction for marijuana or any other drugs. Attitudes about marijuana use have changed considerably through the years,...

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Fears Nachawati’s Jonathan Novak Featured in AP News Story About Purdue Pharma’s Landmark Opioid Settlement

March 28, 2019

Following the announcement that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma had reached a landmark settlement with the state of Oklahoma for damages caused by opioid addition, the Associated Press spoke with Fears Nachawati trial lawyer Jonathan Novak about the significance of the settlement. The agreement is expected to lead to additional settlements filed by states and public entities across the U.S. The $270 million settlement includes funding...

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