Archive | June, 2011

What EMS providers and EMTs need to know about DNR Orders

June 20, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on What EMS providers and EMTs need to know about DNR Orders

Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 166, Subchapter C, provides for the out-of-hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate Order (“DNR”).  DNRs are fairly common among elderly or terminally ill patients, and, because improper compliance or non-compliance with the DNR can expose both the EMT and the EMS provider to civil and criminal liability, it is vital that EMTs know […]

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Business Premises Owners: Reduce Your Exposure

June 16, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on Business Premises Owners: Reduce Your Exposure

It’s going to happen: someone you invited onto your business property is going to hurt.  It could be a slip and fall, a falling object, a runaway shopping cart, or a jagged corner.  The damages could be fairly minor or, depending upon the injury, could reach into the millions of dollars.  Large damages or not, […]

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Probable Cause in Texas DWI Arrests

June 15, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on Probable Cause in Texas DWI Arrests

Probable cause to search exists when “there is a fair probability that contraband or evidence of a crime will be found in a particular place.”[1] To illustrate, in Illinios v. Gates,[2] police received an anonymous letter stating, “you have a couple in your town who strictly make their living on selling drugs.  They are Sue […]

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Are No Refusal Weekends Legal?

June 15, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on Are No Refusal Weekends Legal?

The dangers of drunk driving are not disputable.[1] Texas law recognizes those dangers by criminalizing the operation of a motor vehicle while intoxicated.[2] However, Texas law also generally gives drivers the right to refuse to offer a breath specimen,[3] the only penalty for doing so being a driver’s license suspension.[4] Not surprisingly, this results in […]

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