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Blog Posts in November, 2016

  • General Info on Texas Probation

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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'

    || 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?

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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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  • Penalties for Criminal Trespass in Texas

    || 16-Nov-2016

    It’s not unusual to enter someone’s property without an invitation. Perhaps you’re stopping by to drop off something, or perhaps you want to speak with the owner of the property. Or, perhaps you’re selling something and would like to see if the owners would be interested in what you have to sell. When someone has a decent amount of land, you may enter their property without ...
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  • Advantages of a Plea Bargain

    || 15-Nov-2016

    Generally, criminal defendants fall into two main categories: those that are completely innocent of the charges against them, and those that did in fact make a mistake. When defendants are innocent or when their rights were violated, for obvious reasons they should fight their charges. But, what about those cases where the state has overwhelming evidence against a defendant? Should they plead ...
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  • What is Date Rape?

    || 14-Nov-2016

    While date rape can apply to people of all ages, more often than not, it’s teens and college students who are accused of date rape. Since the whole concept of “date rape” can be confusing for high school students and young adults, we wanted to shed some light on the subject. When people think of rape, they often think about a man dressed in black climbing into the bedroom window ...
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  • Naturalization FAQs

    || 10-Nov-2016

    Are you considering becoming a United States citizen? If so, we would be glad to provide you with some basic information to help you better understand how the naturalization process works in the U.S. Below, you’ll find a list of frequently asked questions and answers about becoming U.S. citizenship. If after reading our FAQs about immigration, you still have further questions, we invite you ...
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  • Alcohol and Your Teenager

    || 9-Nov-2016

    Underage drinking is a serious issue in Plano, Dallas and throughout the state of Texas, but it’s also a major problem in all states. Over time, law enforcement has come to realize that the problem increases during certain times, such as prom, Spring Break, and high school graduations. A lot of parents think that underage drinking is a part of growing up, so their way of dealing with it is ...
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  • What are the Penalties for Perjury?

    || 8-Nov-2016

    Are you facing criminal charges in Texas? Or, is there a possibility that you will be asked to testify during a criminal trial? In either situation, if you are called to the stand and testify under oath, you are expected to tell the truth. What happens if you don’t tell the truth on the stand? Will there be consequences if you lie under oath and are later caught? If you lie while under oath ...
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  • Robbery Charges in Plano, Texas

    || 7-Nov-2016

    People have been stealing since the beginning of time. In many cases, someone steals because they have little to no money, and they steal to pay for the basic necessities of life, such as food or gasoline for their car. Then, there are those who steal from others consistently. Often, these individuals steal because they are addicted to alcohol or drugs, or both, and need money to support their ...
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  • What's the Difference Between SSDI & SSI?

    || 3-Nov-2016

    In the United States, we have two large federal programs that provide financial assistance to people with disabilities. These programs are the Social Security Disability program and the Supplemental Security Income program. These programs are NOT the same, however, they do have something in common – they are both administered by the Social Security Administration. In order for someone to ...
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  • Underage Drinking Penalties in Texas

    || 2-Nov-2016

    It’s no secret that teenagers have a tendency to try to drink alcoholic beverages even though they are “too young” to drink legally. Unfortunately, what many teens fail to realize is that not only are they breaking the law by consuming alcohol, but the penalties are severe. If you are a minor, or if you’re a parent whose son or daughter is a minor, please be aware that when ...
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  • Claiming Self Defense in Plano, Texas

    || 1-Nov-2016

    A lot of people would agree that for an altercation to take place, “it takes two.” Often, words will be said back and forth, things will get heated and before you know it, fists start flying. But then, you have another common scenario. Sometimes one person remains perfectly calm or rational, while the other person plays “instigator.” Or, one person is 100% innocent, while ...
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