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 Mel Gibson PR Crisis: From Brave Heart to Lost Soul 
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by: Richard S. Levick, Esq.

I don't really want to belabor the Mel Gibson story. Obvious high-minded criticism of his behavior seems a mite tiresome. Further, in an age where media mavens dissect the "handling" of each new celebrity fiasco, more analysis of how Gibson and his PR team have, or have not, taken control of the situation is interesting but likely to miss the fundamental issue. Besides, I've already said my piece to the press. (See the AP story at

There is a lesson here that has value well beyond the art and science of spin. It is a lesson in longer-term "reputation management," a genus of actual, not tactical, rehabilitation that could save his soul and make the world in which he (presumably) still lives a - satelite tv for pcÄIf you need satelite tv for pc then you should have a look my review on satelite tv for pc.


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501498143e/California – What happens when you get a DUI?b by: H. Gillogly

This is one of the most common questions asked to DUI lawyers. When you ask lawyers this question, you do not always get straight answers because every circumstance is different. According to the most common penalties are as followed.

* $1200 fine
* 3 years probation
* 3-5 days sheriff work alternative program
* 4 months suspended license
* First offender school

When a driver in the state of California is arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol their driver’s license is immediately confiscated by the police and then served with the DMV’s ‘Notice of Suspension’. This will formally suspend their license, provide temporary driving privileges for 30 days and will also explain some aspects of the applicable law. In addition, it states that there is a right to contest the suspension and force the DMV to return the license as long as the DMV’s Local Driver Safety is contacted by the attorney within 10 calendar days of the arrest.

A driver’s license is immediately suspended if their blood alcohol level is above .08% (or above .01% for drivers under 21 years of age) or if they refuse to take a chemical test. If the driver is from another state other than California, then the officer has no right to seize their license. However, the officer will issue a ‘Notice of Suspension’ which suspends the driver’s license in the state of California (after 30 days) from driving. If there is a conviction in court, the state of California will contact the home state of the convicted party, and that state will usually suspend their license the same way they do it there.

Ramification of Getting a California DUI

First off – getting a DUI will cost you money.

First offence: $390 - $1000 plus local fees, penalties and assessments for total of $1300 - $3500. This doesn’t include any lawyers fees –which can be from $500.00 to $15,000 depending on if you’re in a small town or large metro area. Generally speaking the more experienced the lawyer (and you want an experienced lawyer) the more it will cost.

There are social ramifications of getting a DUI as well. A charge of DUI/DWI can have serious ramifications on a defendant's driver's license, criminal record and ability to work and function in society. Some employers may decline in hiring someone because of a felony level DUI.

Ask yourself before getting behind the wheel after drinking if it’s really worth it. Based on the above –a cab ride home is downright cheap. Be safe –not sorry.

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Kerry L. Steigerwalt is one of the most successful and prestigious criminal defense lawyers in San Diego. If you have been convicted of a DUI please visit us at

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ff173c6601Post-Divorce Alimony in Texasgby: Scott Morgan

This article provides a brief overview on Texas law concerning post-divorce alimony in Texas. Laws differ from state to state and individual circumstances vary, so you should consult with a qualified family law attorney in your area for specific advice on your particular situation. Additionally, this article deals only with post-divorce alimony. It does not address temporary alimony, which is provided for under a different provision of the Texas Family Code.

Two Kinds of Alimony: Contractual and Court Ordered Maintenance

There are two kinds of post-divorce alimony in Texas: contractual alimony and court ordered maintenance. The Texas Family Code also provides authority for the court to order temporary alimony which occurs while a divorce is pending. However, temporary alimony is outside the scope of this article and will not be addressed.

Contractual Alimony

Contractual alimony is based on an agreement between the parties in their divorce decree. For tax purposes, contractual alimony is normally deemed income to the receiving party and is deductible from the income of the paying party. Since contractual alimony must be based on an agreement of the parties, there are no limits to the possible amount or duration of the alimony.

Court Ordered Maintenance

Court ordered maintenance is provided for by Texas Family Code Chapter Eight. Although actually awarded in only a small percentage of Texas divorces, the court has the right to order one spouse to pay the other post-divorce maintenance in either of two circumstances:

1. The payor spouse either received deferred adjudication or was convicted of a crime constituting family violence within two year

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