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Texas tough on drunk driving

Around the nation, Texas is known as a place that does not go easy on people who make mistakes. When someone in our state gets behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking alcohol, they can be arrested and subject to a wide range of punishments.

A recent news broadcast pointed out the severity of the punishments, including harsh sanctions that can be meted out to those who arrested and convicted of a first offense DWI.

Interstate crash takes the lives of Texas sisters, 11 and 14

It is a phenomenon that is far too common on Texas highways and city streets: multiple vehicle accidents in the same spot. Sometimes a car accident happens along a highway and passing motorists are so fascinated by the sight of the crash that they forget to pay attention to the vehicles around them.

We do not yet know what caused a violent highway crash far north of Edinburg, but we do know that two young girls lost their lives in the wreck. Police said that the pair of sisters -- just 11 and 14 years old -- were riding in a black pick-up with their mom on Interstate 20 in Abilene.

Texas cop directing traffic struck by hit-and-run drunk driver

The series of tragic events began early one recent morning when law enforcement officials received a call that a man was walking near an interstate highway. When officers arrived, they found the body of a 25-year-old man who had apparently been struck by a vehicle that did not stop.

The incident about six hours north of Edinburg took another dark twist, however. A police officer who was directing traffic around the site of the pedestrian accident was also struck by a vehicle. The driver of that car also did not stop.

How will a criminal conviction impact your future?

A criminal conviction comes with several different penalties. When you are facing one, your thoughts might turn to the sentence the court could hand down. While this is a big factor in your case, there are other possible penalties and consequences that you may face.

Understanding how a criminal conviction can impact you means that you need to take a look at your specific circumstances. The way that a conviction affects one person might not be the same for another person, even if the case is similar. Here are some questions to consider if you are facing a criminal charge:

Hoopsters' careers derailed by marijuana arrests

Texas A&M's men's basketball team has had an up and down season with tough losses to teams it should have beaten balanced by impressive wins over the likes of Auburn and the University of Kentucky. The Aggies were recently dealt a couple of blows in an off-court incident when one player was dismissed and another suspended after the two were recently arrested.

A pair of Texas A&M police officers spotted a car containing three men in an otherwise empty parking lot just before midnight. The three included freshman guards J.J. Caldwell and Jay Jay Chandler. They were accompanied by a 19-year-old friend. All three were arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Family of 12 loses two members to Texas drunk driver

A large family was driving through Texas on their way from Arizona to Arkansas when senseless tragedy struck. The family of 12 lost two members -- an 11-year-old girl and a 50-year-old man -- when their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver in Amarillo.

Law enforcement officials said the two were pronounced dead at the scene of the drunk driving accident on Interstate 40.

McAllen teacher arrested on drug trafficking charge

He's a 50-year-old who teaches Spanish to students at Abraham Lincoln Middle School in McAllen. According to news reports, the man told federal law enforcement officials that he was has been helping a Reynosa-based drug cartel for about two years.

The Hidalgo County teacher has been arrested on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.

Bizarre car crash claims lives of two Texas men

A Texas man was sitting in his car in a suburban Dallas parking lot next to an ATM machine. He was apparently there for a transaction and was filling out a withdrawal slip when a pick-up truck came careening through the parking lot.

The white Ford F250 sped across the lot and slammed into the 43-year-old Saginaw resident's car, ejecting him upon impact. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the car crash.

What is the statute of limitations for injury cases in Texas?

You're injured, and you need extensive and costly medical treatment. Perhaps it was a car accident. Perhaps you slipped and fell on a broken sidewalk. Maybe you fell from a defective ladder that collapsed under you.

No matter how you got hurt, you feel buried by those bills. It's more money than you ever dreamed you'd owe. You can't imagine how you'll ever pay it off. You're wondering how it's going to impact your ability to get other loans.

Harsh penalties could hurt you after a DWI in Texas

Texas is hard on people who violate DWI laws. DWIs put people's lives at risk, which is why it's so imperative only to drive when you're sober. If you're caught driving after you've had too much to drink, you could face many different penalties.

Fortunately, there are defenses that can help you have your case dismissed or penalties reduced significantly. For example, if your attorney can show that an officer had no probable cause to pull your vehicle over, then the case may be completely dismissed with no penalties.

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