Not using those concert tickets?

Tessmer Mail Bag   Q #4: If I sell concert tickets on Craigslist, is that scalping?   A:  Scalping is the practice of selling event tickets at a higher price than their face value.  If you sell your tickets for a premium, then yes, that is scalping.  Is scalping illegal?    Texas does not restrict […]

Just a little off the top….

Tessmer Mail Bag   Q #3: My hairdresser totally butchered my hair!  Can I sue?   A:  That depends on what exactly she did.  Did you just get what you consider an unattractive haircut?  In that case no, a lawsuit would likely not be successful.  In Texas, there is no valid tort claim for negligent […]

Is it legal?

Tessmer Mail Bag:   Q #2: Is dumpster diving illegal? A: It depends.  The act of taking property that someone has thrown in the trash would be prosecuted as theft.  The Texas Penal Code says that someone commits a theft if he “unlawfully appropriates property with the intent to deprive the owner of the property.”  […]

Ending 2015 with the Tessmer Mail Bag

As we draw near the end of 2015, let’s reprise some of our more “fun” Tessmer Tips.  Here are some random questions and answers from the Tessmer mail bag!   Q #1: Every weekend, I see bicyclists riding along the highway near my country home.  Can they do that? A:    Under state law, bicycles are […]

A DWI arrest costs not only YOU

DWI Fact #10: Summing it all up.   DWI is expensive, not only to you, if convicted, but to the taxpayers.  Drunk driving costs the U.S. approximately $132 billion a year (MADD).  Including costs for medical treatment, work loss, public services, court fees and loss of quality of life, drunk driving deaths and injuries have […]

Drink and drive… watch your insurance premiums rise….

DWI Fact #9: What happens to your insurance?   The amount you pay for car insurance depends, in part, on what your insurer deems your risk of being in an accident.  A DWI conviction indicates you are a high risk and you can expect your premiums to rise.  The State may request that you file a […]

What are the penalties for drinking and driving?

DWI Fact #8:  What are the penalties for DWI?   The penalties for DWI vary according to the number of offenses and the circumstances of your situation.  For example, a first offender may be ordered to pay up to a $2,000 fine, serve jail time from 3 to 180 days and have their license suspended […]

Time is essential when dealing with DWI and your driver’s license.

DWI Fact #7:  Can I still drive?   To preserve your right to drive in Texas, you must request a hearing within 15 days of the date you were served with a Notice of Suspension. In most cases, this is the day of your arrest. If you timely requested a hearing to contest your license […]

DWI Court: What to expect.

DWI Fact #6: What can you expect at court?   The initial court appearance is called an arraignment. At the arraignment, the judge may advise you of the charges and of certain rights that you have because you have been charged with a crime. Your lawyer may get an opportunity to look at the State’s […]

What happens if you are arrested for DWI?

DWI Fact #5: What will happen after you are arrested for DWI?   Generally speaking, following an arrest for DWI in Texas, you will be taken first to the police station or county jail. Once at the station or jail, you will be asked to submit to a breath test.  Or, if you have refused […]