Author Archives: Richard L. Ellison
Despite Decriminalization Measures, Marijuana Possession Still Can Lead to Serious Penalties
As the battle to decriminalize marijuana continues around the country, the fight will be put to a vote soon in San Antonio. A justice and public policy reform organization gathered more than 38,000 signatures from residents, enough to earn the group’s proposed charter a spot on the May 6 ballot. The San Antonio Justice Charter… Read More »
Deferred Adjudication Community Supervision in DWI Cases
If you are charged with driving while intoxicated in Texas, even as a first offense, you face the prospect of jail time, thousands of dollars in fines and a suspension of your driver’s license if you are convicted. However, as a first offender you may be able to avoid a conviction and some or all… Read More »
Using Self Defense Against Protesters
Can you defend yourself and your property against protesters? The recent disorder and riots around the country have generated interest in the topic – if you are assaulted or threatened by rioters how much force can you use to defend yourself, your family and your property? Here’s a fairly common scenario. You’re driving in your… Read More »
What Types of Personal Injury Claims Might Result from COVID-19 Exposure?
COVID-19 exposure has led to a litany of serious health issues and tens of thousands of deaths. Though everyone’s health is top priority, afflicted individuals and family members of those who have been lost might wonder what type of claims can be brought in relation to coronavirus infections. Though each case is unique and it… Read More »
What are Considered Essential Businesses Under States’ COVID-19 Rules?
During the coronavirus pandemic, previously bustling locations from malls to urban downtowns have gone eerily quiet. But your local pizza place might still be open, along with restaurants that can survive on takeout and delivery orders and, of course, grocery stores. After all, keeping people fed during an epidemic is critical, and food delivery and… Read More »
How Can Someone Be Punished if They Violate a COVID-19 Stay at Home Order?
Across the country, stay-at-home orders have strained law enforcement and tested how far states and municipalities are willing to go to enforce the orders. These directives have triggered controversy and confusion, as standards sometimes differ from town to town or county to county. In certain instances, people who have violated government edicts designed to reduce… Read More »
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affects Your Pending Bankruptcy Proceeding
Every part of the country has been affected by the coronavirus. Like restaurants, arenas and other locations where people assemble for business or pleasure, most courts have been closed. If you are in the midst of a bankruptcy proceeding, your case might be delayed, handled telephonically or be otherwise disrupted due to the pandemic. Furthermore,… Read More »
Drop in Car Crashes, Spike in Bicycle Accidents Linked to Coronavirus
Once Americans came to understand how deadly the coronavirus can be and how easily it is passed from person to person, transportation habits changed. Not only did people drastically curtail business and personal travel, but many stopped going to their workplaces. That has led to a reduction in car accidents at the same time that… Read More »
What Happens if You Host a Gathering While in Quarantine?
Along with the serious health risks associated with coronavirus, Americans are burdened by quarantine orders and similar directives that forbid them from seeing their loved ones, even for major events such as holidays and birthdays. It can be tempting to try to break the rules, especially for people who believe that they don’t fall into… Read More »
Can You Bring an Emotional Distress Claim Related to COVID-19?
The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is not only potentially deadly, but can be transmitted by individuals who are not showing any symptoms, so people might fear that they’ve contracted the illness even if they feel fine. While the virus has existed in the United States for months, obtaining a test is still difficult in… Read More »