Let Us Evaluate Your Case Se Habla EspaƱol

Blog Posts in December, 2016

  • SSI: Age-18 Redetermination

    || 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • Penalties for Shoplifting in Texas

    || 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • License Suspension for Drug Offenses in Texas

    || 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • Can I Claim Self-Defense?

    || 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • Crimes That Lead to Deportation

    || 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • Penalties for Providing Alcohol to a Minor

    || 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • Penalties for Rape in Texas

    || 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • Proper Etiquette for Criminal Court

    || 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • Income Reporting for SSDI

    || 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, ...
    Continue Reading
  • Collin County's DWI/Drug Court

    || 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • DWI With Bodily Injury in Plano

    || 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • Penalties for Theft in Texas

    || 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • How to File an Immigration Appeal

    || 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • Collin County DWI/Drug Court Program

    || 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • Driver's License Suspension in Texas

    || 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • Texas' Tough Alcohol-Related Laws for Minors

    || 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 ...
    Continue Reading
  • Disability Determination Process at a Glance

    || 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, ...
    Continue Reading

Request a Consultation
Contact Our Team Today

Submit My Information