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Blog Posts in August, 2016

  • Texas Crime: Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle

    || 31-Aug-2016

    It’s not out of the ordinary to borrow someone else’s vehicle, especially when you don’t have your own car, or when yours is in the shop getting repaired. Usually, when people borrow someone else’s vehicle, they do so from a partner, a spouse, another family member, from a friend, or even a boss. In fact, borrowing a vehicle from a close friend or family member may feel ...
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  • Invasive Visual Recording Charges in Texas

    || 30-Aug-2016

    With the advances in digital technology, seemingly “innocent” acts are now becoming criminal offenses. For instance, a person may take a picture or video of someone walking down the street, whom they think is attractive and think nothing of it, but they need to think again. While it may be perfectly legal to “look” at members of the opposite sex because one finds them ...
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  • Crimes That Prevent U.S. Citizenship

    || 29-Aug-2016

    With its proximity to the Mexican Border, Texas has a large immigrant population. The vast majority of immigrants that come to live and work in Texas, whether from Mexico or another country, are looking for better lives for themselves and their families. They are hardworking and looking forward to U.S. citizenship. U.S. citizenship offers many benefits, however, just because someone obtains a ...
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  • How Social Security Disability Works

    || 25-Aug-2016

    Many of us take our health for granted; we don’t think much about disability until something happens to us. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), “the chances that you’ll become disabled probably are greater than you realize.” In fact, the SSA says that studies show that a 20-year-old worker has a 1-in-4 chance of becoming disabled before he or she reaches ...
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  • How Crimes are Classified in Texas

    || 24-Aug-2016

    According to the Texas Penal Code, criminal offenses are separated into misdemeanors and felonies. Of the two classifications, misdemeanors are less serious than felonies. However, there are three (3) different levels of misdemeanors, and five (5) different classifications of felonies based on the seriousness of the offense. Misdemeanors fall into the following categories: Class A: Punishable by ...
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  • What is Parole?

    || 23-Aug-2016

    If you are facing possible prison time in Texas, you will soon be learning about parole. While you’ve heard about parole throughout your life, you may not understand how it works exactly. In Texas, parole is where a prisoner behaves well while in prison and earns the privilege of an early release before they complete their full sentence. Essentially, a prisoner may be able to get out of ...
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  • Assaultive Offenses in Texas

    || 22-Aug-2016

    Each state has established its own laws for violent crimes and the language varies slightly from state-to-state. In Texas, the majority of violent crimes, including child abuse and spousal abuse (family violence) fall under the category of “assaultive offenses,” which can be found under Title 5, Chapter 22 of the Texas Penal Code. If you are being accused of injuring another person, ...
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  • How Permanent Residents Apply for Citizenship

    || 18-Aug-2016

    If you wish to become a U.S. citizen, citizenship will come with many opportunities, as well as responsibilities, but it’s a very exciting endeavor indeed! Usually, immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens must first become a permanent resident (green card holder). When you become a U.S. citizen, you will enjoy many rights that permanent residents and visa holders do not have, such as the ...
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  • What Happens After a Crime is Committed?

    || 17-Aug-2016

    If you have reason to believe that you are a suspect in a criminal investigation, you may be curious about how Texas law enforcement agencies conduct their investigations, and you have every reason to be curious. Below, is a brief explanation of what happens after a crime is committed in Texas; if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our law firm directly for legal advice. ...
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  • What Are the Penalties for Burglary in Texas?

    || 16-Aug-2016

    If you, or someone you love has been accused of burglary in Texas, you could be facing serious criminal charges. Under Section 30.02 of the Texas Penal Code, a person commits the offense of “burglary” when he or she, without the consent of the owner does any of the following: Enters a habitation (residence or vehicle that people are using to sleep in) or a building with the intent to ...
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  • Penalties for DWI in Texas

    || 15-Aug-2016

    Were you recently arrested for driving while intoxicated in Plano, Dallas, or one of the surrounding areas? If so, you need to know the penalties involved with a DWI conviction and you should know something else: a DWI arrest does NOT have to lead to a conviction! Even if you failed the breath test, it does not mean that you have to be convicted of DWI. Just like any other criminal offense, you ...
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  • What You Should Know About SSDI

    || 11-Aug-2016

    Are you considering filing for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits? If so, you probably have a lot of questions, which is only natural. In this post, we are going to explain some basic facts about SSDI so you can better understand how these benefits work. If you have further questions about SSDI or if you are ready to apply, we encourage you to contact our law firm for advice and ...
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  • About Texas Sex Offender Registration

    || 10-Aug-2016

    In Texas, when individuals commit certain sexually-motivated crimes, they will be required by law to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, commonly referred to as the Texas “Sex Offender Registration Program.” The Texas Sex Offender Registration Program is the state’s sex offender registration and public notification law, which is meant to ...
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  • Texas DWI and Child Endangerment

    || 9-Aug-2016

    In Texas, it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of.08% or more, but it is possible for a person to be arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) due to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, regardless of their BAC. All that has to be proven is that their ability to drive safely was somehow impaired. Aside from DWI, a driver can face additional criminal ...
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  • How Arrest Warrants are Issued

    || 8-Aug-2016

    Not everyone understands how police obtain arrest warrants, how they collect evidence to convince a judge to sign off on a warrant, and what type of evidence is enough to make an arrest. If you suspect an arrest is imminent, you want to learn more about arrest warrants and what they will soon have to do with you. Arrest warrants are official court documents signed off by a judge or magistrate; ...
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  • Can Immigrants Obtain Driver Licenses in Texas?

    || 4-Aug-2016

    There is no doubt that Texas is BIG. If you’re an immigrant who is living and working in Texas, you are going to need a driver’s license to get around. Can you obtain a driver’s license? If so, what do you need to do to become eligible? Under Texas law, for a foreign national to obtain a driver’s license, he or she must be able to verify lawful presence in the United ...
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  • About Community Supervision in Texas

    || 3-Aug-2016

    In Texas and across the nation there are two terms that are commonly confused – probation and parole. What do they mean and how are they different? In Texas, probation or “community supervision” means the supervised release of an offender within the community instead of having him or her incarcerated in jail or prison. In contrast, “parole” means that someone is ...
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  • Assault Charges in Texas

    || 2-Aug-2016

    Gone are the days when two people can get into an argument, throw a few fists, dust themselves off and shake hands before they walk away. These days, any kind of physical fighting is frowned upon, no matter which state you live in. While some states separate such offenses into “assault” and “battery,” in Texas violent offenses generally fall under assault and aggravated ...
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  • Can I Be Deported for a DWI?

    || 1-Aug-2016

    If you are a lawful permanent resident, your green card demonstrates that you are allowed to live and work in the United States permanently, however, you are still not a U.S. citizen. Meaning, even though you are a permanent resident, you can still be deported or “removed” if you commit certain crimes. Can you be deported because of a DWI ? In some cases – yes. But, your green ...
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