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Here's what to know about a plea deal

Plea agreements are great for a number of reasons, but they also have some downsides. Before you decide to take a plea deal, it's a good idea to look into the benefits and disadvantages of doing so.

With the options of a plea deal, you're really choosing one of two outcomes. The first is that you can choose the certainty of the deal being offered to you. The second is choosing the uncertainty of going to trial.

Don't let a DWI affect your finances or license

The Texas Department of Transportation is transparent when it comes to the effects that DWIs have on the state of Texas. One person is killed or hurt in a crash that involves alcohol approximately every 20 minutes. This is often enough to make it a major concern that everyone should worry about.

When you're considering driving after having a few drinks, you should be aware that your body has gone through changes. You may not have quick reaction times and may feel drowsy. Your vision could be blurry, or you might be more prone to taking risks. Don't be afraid to say no and call a cab. The choices you make can, and do, affect you and those around you.

Fraud charges related to finance have far-reaching consequences

There is a common misconception that crimes related to fraud, especially financial fraud, are not very serious. The average person could incorrectly think of fraud as a victimless crime, although it can have a serious financial impact for its victims. People might mistakenly believe that the penalties for financial white collar crimes aren't going to have a major impact on the life of the person accused.

In reality, financial crimes such as various forms of fraud, are some of the most significant. Individuals accused of fraud could face massive financial penalties through fines and orders to repay the victims of their fraud, as well as the potential for jail time.

The costs of a criminal justice case adds up

Being involved in the criminal justice system can be a costly journey. Many people don't realize that there are fees and fines that people have to pay. These add up quickly and can be financially devastating to the people who have to pay them.

When you are thinking about the ultimate out-of-pocket expenses for your case, you have to include these. It might be possible find out what you will likely have to pay if you are convicted. Remember, some of these will only apply in specific circumstances.

Don't rack up a DWI this winter holiday season

It's not your imagination if you think you're seeing more law enforcement officers on the Texas highways and secondary roads. Beginning with Thanksgiving weekend and extending through the New Year's holiday, there is an increased police presence designed to keep motorists from driving drunk.

One offshoot of these efforts is a public awareness campaign that puts cars from DWI collisions on display for the public to view the havoc that bad driving decisions can wreak.

Child protective services: When a parent commits a crime

When a parent is involved in a crime, a child protective services investigation may be opened to explore whether the child is safe in the home. CPS investigations are scary for parents, because many don't know what these investigations involve and whether they will lose their children as a result.

If CPS is called to investigate your case, it's important to know what to expect. For instance, you need to know that you won't automatically lose your child as a result of CPS being called.

3 tips for protecting yourself during an investigation

If you are a suspect in a crime, it is important that you know how to protect yourself and what you should or should not do during an investigation.

You may know that you should call your attorney right away, but what else will help? Here are a few tips on how to protect your rights moving forward.

Double jeopardy protection prevents multiple trials

If you were previously accused of a crime and found innocent or acquitted, then you need to know about double jeopardy. Perhaps someone claims that they looked at the evidence in a new way and can change the way they prosecute the case, or another thinks that you just need to be tried a second time. In either case, you won't need to worry, because double jeopardy laws protect you.

Double jeopardy is a protection that states that you won't be put in jeopardy twice for the same offense. That means that, if the evidence is all the same, you can't be tried a second time for the same crime. The double jeopardy clause is in the Fifth Amendment, meaning that you have a constitutional right not to be tried twice in criminal court for your alleged crime.

Taking a breath test: Your options

Living in Texas, you enjoy spending time out with friends. You go to the city, hang out at local hot spots and go to local homes for barbecues and parties.

One of the things that can catch some people off guard is just how fast they become intoxicated when drinking. Many don't plan for a way to get home, so unless someone stops them, they make the error of getting behind the wheel believing that they're safe to drive. That's not always the case, and many of these people get pulled over by the police.

The plea deal: Is it the right choice?

You committed a crime, and there is potential for a serious penalty. The prosecution approached your attorney and suggested a plea deal. Instead of spending several years in jail, you'd have only a year along with probation.

While the deal sounds good, you're not sure you should take it. With the defense you have, you think you can come out on top at trial and walk away without a prison sentence. What should you do?

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