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Articles and Blog Posts From September 2017

How Long to File a Claim After an Auto Accident

After an auto crash in Texas, there is a two year statute of limitations someone has before they must file a claim. Naturally, we would like to talk with a person as soon as possible after an accident so we can start investigating it. We do not wait until right before the statute of limitations is going to run out before deciding to file a claim or start investigating. The evidence is going to be much… Read more

How to Claim Pain and Suffering from an Auto Accident

One common question that we get is how do we calculate pain and suffering damages. Normally what we do is have a multiplier take medical bills, medical damages, economic damages, and we put these figures together & add them up. We might multiply it by two we may multiply it by three. That is just determined by the extent of the damages, whether they are really severe damages that are going to require… Read more

Meth 'Booming' in Oil Industry

Meth 'Booming' in Oil Industry The Houston Chronicle published an article entitled "Oil and drugs: A toxic mix" on July 31 that contained some rather startling statistics concerning drug abuse in the oil industry. According to the Chronicle, Odessa-based drug-testing company CRS Diagnostic Service found the number of local workers who tested positive for methamphetamine in the first half of 2017 was over three times higher than… Read more

Is Evading Arrest a Felony in Texas?

In Texas, evading arrest comes in two forms. Misdemeanor evading and felony evading. Misdemeanor evading is on foot, if some officer is trying to stop someone and they keep running, they can be arrested for evading arrest on foot. If the person is in a motor vehicle, the officer is trying to pull them over and the person is disregarding the officer trying to initiate a traffic stop, that person can… Read more

What to Do If I’m Arrested for Shoplifting

One of the most common calls that we get is for shoplifting cases. Many people think that these are relatively minor infractions, that it is not a big deal. It is in fact a huge deal. I also get several calls from people who can’t rent apartments, who can’t go to school, who can’t get student loans, their credit is bad. All because they have some minor theft conviction that is on their record. It… Read more

What is online solicitation of a minor?

We have a lot of cases that are “online solicitation of a minor.” These involve local police agencies that get together and put fake advertisements in local media. This includes online, in the Houston back page, it can be in Craigslist or social media applications. They set up a profile where they are over 18 and they start communicating with someone. Eventually they change their age to be under 18,… Read more

What to do after an auto accident

After an auto accident, if you’re hurt you should definitely go seek medical treatment. After that’s resolved, you should probably contact an attorney or have a family member contact an attorney as soon as possible. Because the 24 to 48 hour period after the accident, that’s the window of opportunity. And that’s the most critical time to make sure that you get witness statements, investigation, police… Read more

What is personal injury?

Personal injury covers a lot of different claims. It can be auto accidents, it can be employment accidents. It can be wrongful death situations. But really it’s if there’s any type of negligence on the part of a company or another person that’s caused an injury to someone else. A lot of times, after an accident, sometimes the other driver’s insurance company will contact our client in order to try… Read more

How to make and win a personal injury claim

If you want to file a claim for personal injury, your best bet is to go through an attorney. The attorney will know the right paperwork and documents that need to be filed. And know the right investigation that needs to be done, the right people to talk to, how to obtain medical records and how to deal with the insurance companies. So talking to an attorney, they’re going to be able to facilitate filing… Read more

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is any type of violence between people that are in a dating relationship or in a marriage or a family relationship. There’s still a mistake in perception that if someone says, “I don’t want to press charges,” that the charges are going to get dropped. That used to be how it was a long time ago, but not anymore. A lot of times, they’ll start with a $50,000 bond if the person hasn’t… Read more
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Matt Horak Matt Horak is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2014