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Blog Posts in May, 2016

  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm in Texas

    || 30-May-2016

    Texas residents are notorious for owning firearms and many of them take pride in their weapons. Under Texas law, for someone to obtain a Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC), they must be at least 21 years of age (unless they are currently in the military), and they must meet the federal qualifications for them to buy a handgun. Not everyone over the age of 21 can possess a firearm in Texas. The ...
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  • SSDI: Listing of Impairments

    || 26-May-2016

    The Social Security Disability program provides valuable benefits to individuals who are unable to work due to a severe medical condition that is expected to last one year or more, or result in death. For a disabled worker to receive disability benefits, he or she must have a medical condition that is severe enough that they cannot engage in any meaningful work, and this includes ...
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  • Reasons to Consider U.S. Citizenship

    || 25-May-2016

    If you are not a citizen of the United States, but are a legally recognized as a permanent resident, USCIS would categorize you as a “Permanent Resident Alien,” a “Resident Alien Permit Holder,” or as a “Green Card Holder.” People often confuse the terms “permanent resident” and “U.S. citizen.” While both terms mean that one can live in ...
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  • What are the Penalties for Intoxication Assault?

    || 23-May-2016

    According to the Texas Department of Transportation, someone is injured or killed in an alcohol-related crash about every 20 minutes in Texas. That being said, Texas comes down hard on intoxicated drivers. Under Texas law, a driver is legally “intoxicated” and may be charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) if his or her blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) is.08% or above. ...
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  • SSDI Benefits for Military Members

    || 19-May-2016

    Were you injured while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces? If so, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, which are different than the benefits you would receive from the Department of Veteran Affairs. Since these benefits are not the same, each requires a separate application. The Social Security Administration provides “expedited processing” for members of the U.S. ...
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  • Exceptions for Naturalization

    || 18-May-2016

    Are you interested in becoming a U.S. citizen? Or, does one of your family members desire to become a U.S. citizen? If so, you will soon be learning about citizenship through “naturalization.” What does naturalization mean? It refers to the process where a foreign citizen becomes a U.S. citizen after he or she fulfills all the requirements set forth by Congress in the Immigration and ...
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  • When Can I Claim Self-Defense?

    || 16-May-2016

    Are you being accused of assault or aggravated assault? Or, are you under investigation for manslaughter or murder ? If so, we understand that you may have had a very good reason for using force, especially if that force was necessary to defend yourself or even your life. As criminal defense attorneys who regularly defend individuals accused of family violence and assaultive offenses, we are ...
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  • Will My SSDI Benefits Soon End?

    || 12-May-2016

    If you are reading this post, there is a good chance that you recently received a letter in the mail from the Social Security Administration, notifying you that the agency plans to review your medical condition. The SSA is required to periodically review the medical condition of all individuals who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits to ensure that they continue to have a ...
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  • About Exchange Visitor Visas

    || 11-May-2016

    Generally, if someone is a citizen from a foreign country and they wish to visit the United States, the first order of business is for them to obtain a visa. The individual would have to obtain either a nonimmigrant visa, which is meant for temporary stays, or an immigrant visa, which is for individuals seeking a permanent residence. The exchange visitor visa is known as the J-1; this visa is a ...
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  • Sexual Assault Charges in Texas

    || 9-May-2016

    Is someone accusing you of sexual assault in Texas? If that is the case and the alleged victim decides to go to the police and press charges, you could be charged with a felony, which is NOT something to be taken lightly. In Texas, “rape” is charged as sexual assault under Section 22.011 of the Texas Penal Code, but the definition of sexual assault goes beyond penetration of the sexual ...
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  • SSDI Benefits for the Blind

    || 5-May-2016

    When it comes to our physical capabilities, such as the ability to see, hear, walk, and use our hands, most people would agree that sight is perhaps the most important ability to have. We need to see so we can read and learn, so we can drive places, and so we can walk without stumbling, tripping or falling. When our vision becomes impaired, or when we lose it completely, we become afflicted with ...
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  • Can Immigrants Obtain Driver's Licenses?

    || 4-May-2016

    Texas is a BIG place, and as an immigrant who intends to live and work in the United States for any length of time, you need to be able to drive legally. That said, can immigrants obtain a driver’s license so they can drive to the places they need to go, such as work, home and school? According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, each state issues driver’s licenses under ...
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  • Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Texas

    || 2-May-2016

    If you have read the headlines in recent years, you’ve heard that some states have passed laws decriminalizing marijuana use for recreational purposes; a handful have legalized it. In Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia, laws have been passed that allow adults to possess and consume cannabis without legal repercussions. They have legalized marijuana. So far, a ...
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