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Tessmer Tips / 08.10.2015

A license is required to own many animals Texas considers to be dangerous. This includes coyotes, cougars, chimps, lions, tigers and bears. There are no laws regarding monkeys, wolves and other animals.   Equine professionals are protected from liability for property and personal injury damages resulting from the regular dangers of being around horses.  The statute requires the display of “clearly readable” warning signs to alert participants about the liability limitation.  These limits do not include all accidents involving horses, so be sure to consult an attorney to explore any options for recovery.   Have you ever been driving and come upon a cow...

Tessmer Tips / 06.10.2015

Do you allow your dog to run loose?  If your dog runs out into the street, causing a car to swerve and crash … you might be liable for the damages to that vehicle and any personal injuries to the passengers in that vehicle.   Have you noticed that more and more people bring their dogs everywhere?  Most cities prohibit animals (other than service animals) from entering restaurants and grocery stores, but local ordinances should be consulted.  Pet stores are known for allowing shoppers to bring their pets.  But, who is responsible if you slip and injure yourself on a pile of...

Tessmer Tips / 04.10.2015

This week, Tessmer Tips will bring you information about Animal Law. Did you know that dogs bite over 4.7 million Americans every year? But only 15,000 to 16,000 victims are compensated.  Dog owners are responsible for their dogs and for the damage they cause.  Often, home owners insurance will cover the damage, but compensation is rarely offered without the assistance of an attorney.   Do you have a “dangerous” dog?  A dangerous dog is one that has attacked someone or acted like it was going to attack someone while not in the dog’s own enclosure.  If your dog is labeled “dangerous,” the...

Tessmer Tips / 02.10.2015

After an arrest, you will be brought before a judge to be formally charged with a crime and provided an opportunity to be released while awaiting trial.  You might be required to post bail, or you may be released on a Personal Recognizance (PR) Bond, which is your promise to appear in court.  To decide whether to require bail, the judge will consider various factors, such as your family ties, financial resources, employment record and the seriousness of the crime you have been charged with.   For people who have never before faced criminal charges, an arrest can be a frightening experience.  The...

Tessmer Tips / 01.10.2015

Once arrested, you are entitled to telephone a lawyer, a friend or a family member to notify them of your arrest.  You also have the right to consult an attorney and have him/her present when the police question you.  The best practice is to remain silent until your lawyer is present since any statement you make can be used as evidence against you.   After an arrest, if you cannot afford an attorney, you are entitled to a court-appointed lawyer.  The police are required to notify you of these rights before questioning you. Even if you decline an attorney initially, you retain...