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RGP Gives Back to Our Community

March 2016, San Antonio—Our own Albert Garcia addressed the San Antonio area YMCA members for this year’s fundraising kick off. The evening showcased all that the YMCA does for the San Antonio community, from providing fun and safe work-out facilities, to inspiring families to live healthier lives regardless of financial resources. Read more

Immigration and Crimes: The Intersection of Prosecution and Deportation

The number of people deported continues to rise. However you feel about immigration, the fact remains that thousands of families are affected by deportations. This becomes even more complex when non-US citizens (including Legal Permanent Residents) encounter law enforcement. The process that follows becomes even harder to navigate when the criminal process and immigration process intersect. The following will explain the procedure a non-citizen faces after an arrest. Read more

1984 in 2016

“…if you want to keep a secret you must also hide it from yourself.”

– George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

 

On January 26, 2016, The Economist published an article titled The StingRay’s tale addressing some the concerns regarding the Government’s surveillance capabilities.[1] The article addressed two specific devices – StingRay and Hailstorm. Read more

Dividing Assets In Divorce: Texas

In a divorce, one of the most important issues is dividing all of the property, assets, and debts that a married couple has accumulated over the years. One of the scariest questions facing a person seeking a divorce in Texas is what can I keep for my new life and what will I have to give up to my former spouse? Read more

Setting Bail

So how does a court in Texas set bail? Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Chapter 17.15 tells us:

  1. Bail should be sufficiently high to give reasonable assurance that the [defendant will appear in court];
  2. The power to require bail is not to be used as to make it an instrument of oppression;
  3. The nature of the offense and the circumstances under which it was committed are to be considered;
  4. The ability to make bail is to be regarded and proof may be taken upon this point; and
  5. The future safety of a victim of the alleged offense and the community shall be considered.

The trial court has wide discretion in analyzing these factors. Read more

Why We Do What We Do

In response to a recent blog post, we received a comment from an angry reader regarding a sentence of probation for a war veteran who was found guilty of animal cruelty:

So, are you proud you helped this despicable person with anger issues and total lack of compassion get away with a slap on the wrist by pretending he didn’t know his machete was a weapon? It’s because of people like you others considers lawyers to be scum and liars. Hope you never get to enjoy the bloody money you got paid for this case.” Read more