Medlin Law Firm November 2018


Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the End of World War I

provided the spark that would eventually burn down much of Europe. A chain reaction of land disputes, pre-emptive attacks, and strategic alliances brought over 30 countries into World War I. The Great War that ravaged Europe resulted in a devastating loss of life, but from those ashes rose a renewed appreciation for the importance of peace and a global effort to ensure its place in the future. The Restoration of Peace In 1918, Germany surrendered unconditionally, and the armistice ended the fighting at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, though the war did not officially end until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles the following July. An estimated 16 million soldiers and civilians died in just four years, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in modern history. Veterans Day Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day was first observed on Nov. 11, 1919, to honor the one-year anniversary of the armistice, and it became a U.S. holiday in 1938. Today, Veterans Day celebrates veterans who served their country honorably. The U.K., France, Australia, and Canada also commemorate their veterans in November. If you know a veteran, thank them for their service this month.

What Families Should Expect T his year, Veterans Day takes on particular historic significance: Nov. 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. Countries around the world will commemorate the signing of this peace agreement with moments of silence, centennial ceremonies, and historical exhibits. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day is a celebration of life. It’s a day to honor the power of peace and the living veterans across the globe who have served their countries. This November, take a moment to remember the war that helped shape the international community’s dedication to peace and thank the individuals who served to defend it. The Great War By 1914, a world war had been years in the making, but the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire by a Serbian nationalist The holidays are a time for coming together as a family, though that gathering can sometimes do more harm than good. No family is perfect, not everyone sees eye to eye, and the added stress of the festivities can bring new or old disagreements to a boil. When arguments reach the point that a family member or concerned neighbor calls the police, it’s important to know what to expect. SomeoneWill Be Arrested Domestic disturbances are almost always complicated, but the authority’s immediate concern will be to remove any threat of violence. That’s why it is the policy of Texas police departments to arrest individuals accused of being the aggressor in these situations. There will be time to hear both sides of the story later; ensuring that both parties are separated for at least the rest of the evening is in the interest of safety for everyone involved. The State Presses Charges — Not the Victim In many situations, families are surprised when an arrest takes place. When heads cool off, an accuser may find


that they don’t want to press charges on the accused — only to find that it’s not their call to make. In many cases, especially where violence or the threat of violence was involved, prosecutors will continue to pursue charges against the arrested party, regardless of the wishes of their family members. Alternatives Exist While you can’t control what the police or prosecution does in the aftermath of a domestic dispute, you can take steps toward a brighter future. Having an experienced criminal defense team on your side is your best chance for effectively communicating your side of the story. The Medlin Law Firm has successfully gotten hundreds of these domestic charges dismissed or reduced. We also have access to counseling resources to help you and your loved ones avoid these situations in the future. | Pg. 2

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