Archive for November, 2017

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Explains the Crime of “Revenge Porn”

Monday, November 13th, 2017

The widespread use of technology and social media have created many ways for people to interact with each other. Unfortunately, the nature of online interactions isn’t always positive. From people trolling each other on social media and leaving nasty comments on the details of other people’s lives to creating and posting online content with the intent of embarrassing or harming others, technology has created plenty of ways for people to be unkind towards each other.

For example, Joe Barton recently apologized for a sexually explicit photo of him that has been circulating on social media. Barton did not post the picture, nor did he give permission for it to get posted, but there it was on the internet, leaving him in the unenviable position of having to decide what to do about it. That would be a difficult thing for anyone to do, but even more unfortunately for Barton, he is a politician, and his career depends in large part upon the public’s opinion of him. Barton chose to acknowledge the image and the relationship portrayed therein, and he apologized to his constituents for letting them down, because he knew that at least some people would not have approved of that relationship. As of yet, no one has released information about the source of the image and any potential motivation for posting it – it could be a political opponent, an angry former lover, or any other person who wanted to embarrass Barton and harm his reputation.

It is even possible that Joe Barton is the victim of a crime. Some Texans may not know that there is a state law that makes it a crime to intentionally disclose pictures or videos that “depict another person with the person’s intimate parts exposed or engaging in sexual conduct” without their consent. This type of disclosure is often referred to as “revenge porn” because that’s one possible motivation for many posts of this nature. Posting this type of content could get you charged with a Class A misdemeanor with a sentence of up to a year in the county jail and a fine of up to four thousand dollars. The law was passed to protect people who were in consensual relationships at the time that the images got created, but who do not consent to the posting of the images online.

If you have been accused of posting revenge porn in violation of the new statute, it is imperative that you get help from an experienced Texas Criminal Defense Attorney. Just as is the case with any crime, it is possible that you could present a defense to the court that could result in the charges getting dropped or the penalty getting reduced.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – An Ally for the Accused

If you get charged with a crime in Texas, consult an attorney right away. An experienced Texas Criminal Defense Attorney can build a strong case on your behalf, especially if you retain them immediately. The consequences of being charged with or convicted of a crime can extend far beyond fines and imprisonment, so it is essential that you do whatever you can to protect your rights at this critical time. If you got charged with a crime in Texas, call Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra, at (903) 753-7499, or connect with us on our website through our online contact form.

Texas Family Law Attorney Reminds Divorced and Divorcing Texans to use Caution at Tax Time

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

One thing that it can be easy to overlook when you are divorcing or newly divorced is the tax consequences of your divorce. Whether your divorce affects your taxes for better or for worse, there is one thing that is certain – you will need to do your taxes at least somewhat differently than you did when you and your spouse were married. Some of the tax changes that relate to divorce take place before your divorce is even final, so it is essential that all divorced or divorcing Texans know what to do for their particular situation when tax time comes around.

Since every divorce is unique, it only makes sense that your taxes could be affected differently by your divorce than your friend’s or your co-worker’s. The only way to know for sure what to do at tax time is to ask both your divorce attorney and your tax preparer. If you usually do your taxes, it is well worth consulting with a tax professional for a few years, both during and after your divorce, just to make sure that everything gets filed as it should. You might eventually resume doing your taxes on your own, but for now, getting some professional advice is a good idea.

Three things that you may want to pay particular attention to regarding your taxes are your filing status, exemptions, and alimony. Depending upon whether your divorce is final or even how long it has been since you filed for divorce if it’s not yet final, your filing status may be different this tax year than it was last tax year. You may also have multiple options available to you for filing status, and your attorney and or your tax professional can help you weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each so you can select the filing status that will work best for you.

In divorces where there are children or other relatives in the home who get claimed as dependents by one or both spouses, divorce can bring about changes to the number of exemptions that each spouse can claim in any given tax year. Sometimes, exemptions even get used as a bargaining tool in divorce negotiations, as something that divorcing spouses can divvy up as part of their divorce settlement. As with all of the other tax issues related to divorce, it’s a good idea to consult with your attorney and tax preparer about your exemptions before you file so that you can be sure to do them correctly.

A third common tax issue in divorce cases is alimony. Your divorce may not involve alimony, but if it does, definitely check in with your attorney and your tax preparer about how you are to deduct it if you are the paying spouse or how to report it as income if you are the receiving spouse. There are particular rules for including alimony on your tax return, and it is essential that you follow them as they apply to your specific situation.

If you have questions about your Texas divorce, call (903) 753-7499 today to schedule a consultation with Texas Family Law Attorney Alex Tyra. You can also visit our web page anytime to submit an online contact form.