Archive for September, 2013

How a Texas DUI Conviction Can Dramatically Affect Your Career

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

It is certainly no exaggeration when I say that a Texas DWI conviction can impact every aspect of your life. From your family relationships to your friendships, and of course your job, no area of your life is immune to the consequences of a DWI conviction. Of course, the potential impact of a Texas DWI conviction on your career will depend largely upon what you do for work. Another factor is whether your conviction has resulted in any restrictions on your ability to get to and from work. When you are weighing your options regarding how to respond to your DWI charges, don’t forget the following potential effects that a DWI conviction could have on your career.

One way that a Texas DWI conviction could affect your career is if it interferes with your ability to get to and from work. License suspension is a common penalty associated with DWI convictions, and even first – time offenders can find themselves without a driver’s license for up to two years. If you live somewhere where you have access to public transportation that can get you to where you need to be for work, and driving a vehicle is not a part of your job, then you may be able to navigate the logistics of getting to and from work after your DWI conviction with relative ease. Of course, if you live and/or work in a more remote area, or if driving is a part of your job, you may have to stop working if you cannot get to and from work, or if you can no longer perform your job duties because your license is suspended.

If driving is your career and you have a CDL, stricter drunk driving rules apply to you whether you are driving your commercial vehicle or your personal vehicle. Not only will a DWI conviction result in loss of your commercial license for one or more years, it will more than likely result in loss of your job. It could also make it harder for you to get a job once your license has been reinstated, as employers may feel that a past DWI conviction makes it more likely that you will be convicted for DWI again in the future than a driver with no DWI on his or her record.

Even if your job does not involve driving other than just getting to and from work, you should be aware that some professions are more sensitive to DWI convictions than others are. For example, careers that involve working with children, such as teaching or working in a day care center, often view a DWI as something that makes an applicant less qualified for that position. Also, military, government, and other jobs that require the handling of sensitive or confidential information may be harder to get following a DWI conviction because of strict background check requirements.

The best defense against a Texas DWI is a knowledgeable and experienced Longview DWI defense attorney. East Texas attorney Alex Tyra offers free consultations to drivers accused of driving under the influence. Learn more about your options for defending your DWI case today. Call our Longview office at (903) 753-7499 or submit a case contact form via our law firm website.


I Have Been Served With Divorce Papers – Now What Do I Do?

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Whether you were suspecting that it might come to this, or it is a complete shock to you, being served with divorce papers likely means that your marriage is 100% over.  While it may be tempting to tuck the divorce paperwork away in a file to read “later”, it is essential that you take prompt action in order to protect your rights.  As uncomfortable as it may be to do so, the very first thing that you should do when you are served with divorce papers is to just read them.

Once you have finished reading through the divorce paperwork, it is time to move right on to the next logical step – retaining a knowledgeable Texas divorce attorney. Time is of the essence in the early days and weeks of a divorce proceeding, and a failure to respond to the divorce paperwork that you have received within twenty days could result in a default being taken against you. Don’t take that risk, take action and speak to a Texas divorce attorney right away.

Your Texas divorce attorney can answer all of the questions that you have right now, advise you of your rights, offer you helpful and practical advice to guide you in your day to day life, and take care of drafting and filing your answer to the complaint for divorce in a timely manner. Your Texas divorce attorney will also handle all communications with your spouse’s attorney (if he or she is represented by one), or, with your spouse if he or she does not have legal counsel, and represent you at all of your hearings.

As soon as divorce proceedings have been started by one party filing divorce paperwork and that paperwork being served upon the other party, there are a few “rules” that apply to both parties. These “rules” affect your everyday life, and your ability to understand and follow them can help you to be successful in resolving your divorce in a manner that is satisfactory to you.

The first basic “rule” to follow after you are served with divorce papers is to say as little as possible to your spouse. Anything you say from this point forwards could possibly be used against you. That said, there are some conversations that cannot and should not be avoided, such as making temporary arrangements for taking care of your children and making sure that the family’s bills get paid on time. Another “rule” to remember is that for the time being, you and your spouse are prohibited from selling or transferring certain marital assets. This is one area that your Texas divorce attorney can help you to better understand, but the basic idea is that it is better to play it safe right now by not selling or giving away anything than to make a misstep and be held accountable for it later on.

These are just some of the ways in which your pending divorce affects your day to day life. If you live in the Longview, Texas area and you have been served with divorce papers, contact The Law Office of Alex Tyra, P.C., for a free consultation at (903) 753-7499. Phone calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Stolen Guns are a Texas Sized Problem in the Lone Star State

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Did you know that more guns are stolen in Texas than in any other state?   It makes sense, if you think about it, because Texas has a larger population than many states. Not only that, but when you consider that many Texans own firearms, it is not really a surprising statistic. Earlier this year, the President ordered the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to conduct a study and report the number of firearms that have been reported lost or stolen on a state – by – state basis. Nearly nineteen thousand guns were reported stolen or lost in Texas last year. Of course, there is no data available on the total amount of firearms that were lost or stolen, because many more guns are stolen than are actually reported as stolen.

Stolen guns pose a greater threat to the public than guns that are purchased legitimately. Many guns that are stolen from private individuals or businesses are later used to commit crimes, and many of these guns are recovered at the scenes of the crimes. If your gun turns up at the scene of a crime, you may be facing even bigger problems than whether or not you will get your stolen gun back. When you take precautions to prevent gun theft, you not only reduce the chance that one or more of your guns will be stolen, you reduce the chance that one or more of your guns will make it into the hands of a criminal who uses it to commit a crime.

Your first line of defense against criminals stealing your gun and using it to commit crimes is to keep it stored in a secure place. In case you are wondering, a locked vehicle is not necessarily a secure place, especially if the gun is within view of people looking inside of your vehicle. A gun safe really is your best bet, especially one which can be mounted to your wall or floor. Not only do gun safes reduce (and practically eliminate) the chance of your guns being stolen, they help to keep your family and children safe, too. In addition to keeping your gun locked away in a safe place, it is important that you keep a file or notebook of detailed information about your guns, including pictures, serial numbers, and detailed descriptions as well as service records. This information can be used to file a report if one of your guns does get stolen, and can help you to prove that the gun is yours if it is eventually recovered. One other way that gun owners can prevent gun theft is to be very careful about lending your firearms to anyone. If the borrower does not keep your gun in a secure place, other people whom you did not authorize to borrow your gun may have access to it and it may end up in the wrong hands.

If your gun is lost or stolen, it is a good idea to report it even though Texas law does not currently require that you do so. Many stolen guns that are used to commit crimes are left at the crime scenes, where they are discovered by police. Reporting your gun as stolen can help you to clear your name if your stolen gun is later used during the commission of a crime. It can also increase the chances that your gun will eventually be returned to you.

Gun theft is a big problem in Texas. If you live in East Texas and your stolen gun has been used to commit a crime, contact The Law Office of Alex Tyra, P.C., for a free consultation at (903) 753-7499. Phone calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.