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Blog Posts in July, 2016

  • What is Temporary Protected Status?

    || 28-Jul-2016

    On occasion, the Secretary of Homeland Security will designate a foreign country for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) because of dangerous conditions in the country, or because the country cannot handle the safe return of its citizens. USCIS may grant TPS to certain nationals when they cannot return to home safely and when they are already in the United States. Additionally, someone may be ...
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  • Juveniles: How to Behave in Court

    || 27-Jul-2016

    Each year, nearly 7,000 children and teens between the ages of 10 and 17 enter the juvenile justice system in Texas. It just so happens that the Dallas County Juvenile Department is one of the largest juvenile departments in the state. As a general rule, states handle juvenile cases differently than adult cases, at least initially. If a juvenile commits a serious crime, such as an aggravated ...
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  • What Are the Penalties for Rape in Texas?

    || 26-Jul-2016

    In Texas, the term “sexual assault” is used in place of the word rape; this term is not uncommon and many states use sexual assault to describe rape. Texas splits the offense into two categories: sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault, with the latter being more serious. Under Section 22.011, a person commits “sexual assault” when he or she has sexual intercourse with ...
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  • Penalties for Arson in Texas

    || 25-Jul-2016

    Since fire can rapidly cause damage to property and vegetation, not to mention risk human life, people have to be extremely careful when cooking, smoking, lighting bonfires and campfires. A simple mistake when handling fire can lead to devastating damage and loss of life, which is why all activities related to fire are strictly controlled. That being said, the state has established laws that ...
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  • Documents Needed for Social Security Disability

    || 21-Jul-2016

    The Social Security Disability program offers valuable benefits to disabled workers whose medical condition is expected to last one year or longer, or result in death. If you are currently suffering with a medical condition that’s made it impossible for you to work, we strongly suggest that you apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. The SSA pays benefits to ...
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  • Texas Leaving the Scene of an Accident

    || 20-Jul-2016

    Most of us have been in a car accident before, so we know what it’s like. We know that even a minor fender bender can cause us to experience whiplash, neck pain and headaches. Of course, if someone in the car wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, the injuries can be far worse than a case of whiplash. Car accidents can be frightening events; they take us by surprise and they can rattle us. Whether ...
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  • DWI Penalties for Minors

    || 19-Jul-2016

    While you’re technically an “adult” when you turn 18, for the purposes of driving while intoxicated (DWI), you are considered a “minor” if you are under 21 years of age under Texas law. In fact, each state across the United States has strict rules against underage drinking and underage DWI respectively. Texas has specific laws aimed at underage people who drink and ...
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  • Penalties for Credit Card Abuse in Texas

    || 18-Jul-2016

    Have you been accused of stealing or using someone else’s credit card information? If your answer is yes, you could be facing serious penalties, such as a hefty fine and incarceration for at least six months. So, you don’t want to ignore these accusations! There are a number of credit and debit card offenses categorized as “credit or debit card abuse” under Section 32.31 of ...
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  • Is Family Violence a Deportable Offense?

    || 14-Jul-2016

    If you are a green card holder and technically a “lawful permanent resident,” that does not mean that you are entitled to live in the United States “permanently.” Under U.S. immigration law, permanent residents are expected to be upstanding members of the community, and if they commit certain crimes, including family violence, they can be deported. Whether you have a green ...
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  • Theft of Service Charges in Texas

    || 13-Jul-2016

    When it comes to theft-related offenses under Title 7, Chapter 31 of the Texas Penal Code, not all theft crimes have to involve actual physical “property.” In Texas, you can get slapped with criminal charges if you take advantage of someone’s services, and refuse to pay for them. Under Section 31.04 of the Texas Penal Code, a person commits the offense of “theft of ...
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  • Overview of White Collar Crimes

    || 12-Jul-2016

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines white collar crime as “lying, cheating, and stealing.” That’s white collar crime in a nutshell, says the FBI. Coined in 1939, the term is now associated with a wide variety of frauds that are commonly committed by business and government professionals, many of whom wear a suit and tie to work every day. What many people ...
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  • What is the Arraignment?

    || 11-Jul-2016

    When someone has been arrested for an alleged criminal offense, naturally they’ll want to know when they will be brought in front of a judge. They want to know what they’re being charged with, and whether there’s a chance they can be released on bail while they wait for their next court appearance. In Texas, this first court appearance is referred to as the ...
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  • Attending the Naturalization Ceremony

    || 7-Jul-2016

    If your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization is approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), USCIS will schedule you to take the Oath of Allegiance at one of its naturalization ceremonies. You must take the oath in order to become a U.S. citizen. There are two types of ceremonies where a person can take the oath: In a judicial ceremony and in an administrative ceremony. In ...
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  • Multiple DWI in Texas

    || 6-Jul-2016

    In Texas and across the nation, driving while intoxicated (DWI), otherwise known as “DUI” is the one offense that’s commonly committed by everyday citizens, which is understandable considering the prevalence of alcohol in American culture. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for people to gauge just how much alcohol is “too much,” especially since most of us are not ...
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  • Texas Crime: Leaving a Child Alone in a Vehicle

    || 4-Jul-2016

    When you were a child, your parents probably left you alone in a vehicle on more than one occasion. Perhaps it’s something they even did regularly, and you probably never thought twice about it. If you’re a parent now, it’s important for you to know that while leaving a child alone in a vehicle was socially acceptable in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, it is illegal in Texas today. ...
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