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Hays County personal injury attorney car accident

According to a recent study, teens are not the only ones continuing to use their cell phones behind the wheel and hands-free devices may not provide the increased safety they purportedly offer. Despite the thousands killed and hundreds of thousands injured each year in motor vehicle accidents around the United States, middle-aged adults—not just teens and young adults—admit to using mobile devices while driving to make and receive calls, to text, and to check email or other apps. While many use hands-free devices, many continue to hold the phone in their hands, which is against the law for young drivers in Texas and generally considered to be unsafe for drivers of any age.

Distracted Driving Study

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego looked to build on the findings of other studies that examined the distracted driving habits of teenagers and younger adults. To do so, the team focused on adults ages 30-64, surveying more than 700 individuals, and publishing their findings in the Journal of Transport & Health. While the respondents represented less than an ideal cross-section of society as a whole—nearly 70 percent were white, 75 percent were women, and about 68 percent had an income in excess of $50,000 per year—the project was able to identify several alarming trends.

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Midland County criminal defense attorney drug possession

The state of Texas takes drug crimes very seriously, and if you are facing criminal charges related to controlled substances, you may be looking at a lengthy prison sentence, steep fines, and other consequences. In drug cases, the charges and penalties can be different depending on whether you have been accused of simple possession of a controlled substance or whether you allegedly sold, transferred, or distributed drugs to others. A skilled criminal defense attorney can help you understand the specific charges you are facing and the best defense strategies that will help you avoid a conviction or minimize your potential consequences.

Drug Possession Versus Drug Delivery

Texas law defines possession as the “actual care, custody, control, or management” of a controlled substance. Typically, possession charges are based on drugs being found in a person’s physical possession or in their home or vehicle. The penalties for possession will depend on the type and amount of drugs. Possession of less than one gram of “hard drugs” like methamphetamines, cocaine, or heroin is a state jail felony, which carries a prison sentence of 180 days to two years. Possession of these drugs in higher amounts can result in more serious felony charges that carry longer jail sentences.

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Hays County criminal defense attorney

Sexually explicit content, or pornography, has followed the trends of modern times. What originally existed only in paper format has now expanded to include digital content through the messaging or posting of lewd photos and videos on social media platforms. Dating apps began to surface in the past decade, allowing smartphone users to meet romantic prospects online. These types of apps typically feature a messaging platform that lets users text each other without having to give out their phone numbers. While this may have increased personal safety by reducing the number of people handing out their phone numbers to strangers, it has also increased the number of unsolicited, nude photos being sent to unsuspecting parties. This type of activity can result in criminal charges in Texas.

Current Regulations

Texas has always recognized the illegality behind photographing, videotaping, or recording the “intimate area” of another person without his or her consent. This helps protect men and women from being indecently exposed, and if this is the case, they can press charges against the individual who recorded the content. Surprisingly, the current issue focuses on receiving inappropriate content rather than being personally recorded.

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