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Blog Posts in 2016

  • SSI: Age-18 Redetermination

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 29-Dec-2016

    If you are a minor who has been receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or if you are a youth’s parent, teacher, caregiver, or representative, this post discusses what you need to know about SSI when a youth turns 18. If you are receiving SSI, when you have your eighteenth birthday (you become a legal adult), the Social Security Administration (SSA) will want to review your disability ...
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  • Penalties for Shoplifting in Texas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 28-Dec-2016

    We’re all familiar with the term “shoplifting,” after all, many stores have clearly posted signs about the “penalties for shoplifting,” especially inside dressing rooms. Usually the signs say something to the effect of, “Shoplifting is a crime. Violators will be prosecuted.” Texas does not have a specific shoplifting statute. Instead, shoplifting is ...
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  • License Suspension for Drug Offenses in Texas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 27-Dec-2016

    Most people are well-aware of the fact that a conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) will result in a suspended driver’s license, but what many Texans do not realize is that conviction for a drug offense, such as possession, sales, or manufacturing will also lead to an automatic license suspension. “If I’m convicted of marijuana possession, will my driver’s license ...
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  • Can I Claim Self-Defense?

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 26-Dec-2016

    It’s no secret that Texas has some of the harshest criminal laws in the nation. For example, simple assault under Section 22.01 of the Texas Penal Code is usually a Class A misdemeanor, but if the offense was against a public servant, such as a police officer or a member of your household (your spouse or children), it’s a felony of the third degree. The penalties for assault as a Class ...
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  • Crimes That Lead to Deportation

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 22-Dec-2016

    When an immigrant is in the United States, they are at risk of being deported if they commit certain crimes and if they violate U.S. immigration laws. Even if an immigrant has obtained permanent resident status and they have a green card, they can still get deported if they violate certain state or federal laws. As a general rule, an immigrant can be placed in removal proceedings if he or she ...
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  • Penalties for Providing Alcohol to a Minor

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 21-Dec-2016

    If you’re a minor or an adult in Texas, it’s important that you understand that the state comes down hard, very hard, on people who provide alcohol to a minor. If you’re a minor and you provide alcohol to your friends (who are also minors), you could get into a lot of trouble if you’re caught. Same goes for adults. If you’re 21 or older and you provide alcohol to a ...
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  • Penalties for Rape in Texas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 20-Dec-2016

    We’re all familiar with the term “rape” and what it implies, so how does the state of Texas punish those who commit the offense of rape? Instead of rape, Texas uses the term “ sexual assault ” which encompasses more than just rape. Under Section 22.011 of the Texas Penal Code, Sexual Assault, a person commits this offense if he or she intentionally or knowingly, and ...
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  • Proper Etiquette for Criminal Court

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 19-Dec-2016

    If you are facing criminal charges, you are going to have to appear in criminal court. Whenever you have a court hearing, it’s very important that you dress and act appropriately. Otherwise, if you fail to observe the rules of “proper courtroom etiquette,” it could (almost definitely will) have a negative impact on your case. In society, there are all different rules when it ...
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  • Income Reporting for SSDI

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 15-Dec-2016

    The Social Security Disability program has helped millions of disabled Americans gain access to much-needed benefits so they can pay for the basic necessities of life, such as housing, food, and clothing. While this essential program has helped so many, it’s not available to everyone. In order to qualify for SSDI benefits, the applicant must have a disability that will last at least a year, ...
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  • Collin County's DWI/Drug Court

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 14-Dec-2016

    All over the United States, court dockets are backlogged with DWI and drug cases, and Texas is no exception. State legislatures, judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement have learned that simply punishing substance abusers is not effective. When we put drug addicts and alcoholics in jail, it doesn’t fix the problem. As each state builds newer, bigger, and better jails and prisons, studies ...
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  • DWI With Bodily Injury in Plano

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 13-Dec-2016

    According to the Texas Department of Transportation, drunk driving is such a problem that someone is injured or killed an alcohol-related crash about every 20 minutes in Texas. Under Texas law, a driver is “legally intoxicated” when their blood or breath concentration (BAC) is.08% or higher. However, a person can be arrested and charged with DWI if they are driving under the influence ...
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  • Penalties for Theft in Texas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 12-Dec-2016

    While most people are fully aware that it’s wrong to steal or borrow something without the owner’s consent, a lot of Texans are not familiar with the laws pertaining to theft in Texas, let alone the penalties involved. In an effort to shed some light on the matter, we’re going to provide a brief explanation of Texas’ theft laws. In Texas, the theft-related laws can be found ...
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  • How to File an Immigration Appeal

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 8-Dec-2016

    Have you applied for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)? Have you submitted a fiancé petition, or have you filed an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa petition, only to have it denied? If you have received a negative decision after applying for an immigration benefit, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s over and you have to give up. The good news is that when people receive negative ...
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  • Collin County DWI/Drug Court Program

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 7-Dec-2016

    While states, such as California, Nevada, and Colorado have legalized marijuana possession, that is not the case in Texas. If you’re caught with two ounces or less of marijuana, you’d face misdemeanor charges, up to 6 months in jail, and up to a $2,000 fine. “Drug enforcement in this county is very, very no-tolerance,” David Waddill, Collin County’s first assistant ...
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  • Driver's License Suspension in Texas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 6-Dec-2016

    All states, including Texas consider driving a “privilege,” not a right. In order for someone to keep a valid driver’s license, they must do certain things, such as be good drivers and maintain the required auto insurance coverage. Since we have to share the roads with everyone else, we must drive responsibly. This means we must refrain from drinking and driving, abide by the ...
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  • Texas' Tough Alcohol-Related Laws for Minors

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 5-Dec-2016

    It’s no secret that Texas has some of the toughest laws and penalties in the nation, and the laws that apply to minors are no exception. Under Texas law, minors can be charged as adults if they commit drug or alcohol-related offenses. Is a minor someone under the age of 18? No – Texas defines minors as people who are under the age of 21, thus Texas underage drinking laws apply to ...
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  • Disability Determination Process at a Glance

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 1-Dec-2016

    If you have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death, you may be considering applying for Social Security Disability, which is not a bad idea, especially since this is a program that you have to “pay into.” When you pay into this program, you should definitely take advantage of it if you one day need it. In order to obtain disability benefits, ...
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  • General Info on Texas Probation

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 30-Nov-2016

    In the legal sense, probation refers to the action of suspending a criminal offender’s sentence, and allowing them to be in the community, but under the close supervision of a probation officer. While the convicted offender (probationer) is on probation, he or she is expected to be on their “best behavior.” If a probationer violates any one or more of the conditions of their ...
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  • Penalties for Not Wearing a Seat Belt in Texas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 29-Nov-2016

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013, we had almost 5.7 million traffic collisions in the United States, which led to 21,132 fatalities, 3,208 of which were children, teens, and young adults. In 2013, car accidents were the #1 cause of death for four-year-olds, and the second leading cause of death for three-year-olds and children ages 5 to 14. That same ...
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  • Capital Murder Charges in Plano, Texas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 28-Nov-2016

    Under Title 5, Chapter 19 of the Texas Penal Code, there are different degrees of “criminal homicide.” What constitutes criminal homicide? Under Sec. 19.01, a person is guilty of criminal homicide when he or she intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly takes someone else’s life. In Texas, criminal homicide includes the following offenses: capital murder, murder, manslaughter, and ...
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  • 'Continuous Residence' & Naturalization

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 24-Nov-2016

    Right now, immigration is a hot topic politically, nationally and on a statewide level. The United States rewards immigrants who go through the immigration process legally. While it takes time and a lot of patience to become a U.S citizen legally, the advantages make it all worth it. On average it takes about six months to for qualified applicants to obtain a green card and permanent resident ...
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  • About Release on Your Own Recognizance, or 'OR'

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 23-Nov-2016

    In simple terms, release on your own recognizance, or “OR” means you are not required to post bail. When a defendant is released on their own recognizance, he or she must sign a paper where they promise to appear in court when required to. With OR release, the defendant does not pay bail. The defendant does not pay bail to the court, nor to a bail bondsmen. Aside from no bail being ...
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  • What is an Arraignment?

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 22-Nov-2016

    In the criminal justice system we have what is called the arraignment, which is a criminal proceeding where the defendant appears in court, before a judge and is officially informed of their charges. Generally, the arraignment takes place within 48 hours of a defendant’s arrest, with the exclusion of weekends and holidays. At the arraignment the defendant is asked whether they are pleading ...
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  • FBI and Cyber Crime

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 21-Nov-2016

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the lead federal agency in charge of investigating cyber attacks by criminals and terrorists. The FBI considers cyber crime “incredibly serious – and growing.” In fact, cyber attacks are becoming more dangerous, more common, and more sophisticated than ever before, says the FBI. Who do these criminals target? They vary from the private ...
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  • Veterans and Social Security Disability

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 17-Nov-2016

    Are you a veteran who has a U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T)? If so, then you are in luck. The Social Security Administration (SSA) expedites the processing of disability claims that are filed by veterans such as yourself. As you probably know, there is the Social Security Disability program and the Veterans Affairs program, both of ...
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