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Blog Posts in October, 2016

  • Consequences of a Military DWI in Texas

    || 31-Oct-2016

    Were you recently arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) on or off an installation? If you are found guilty of DWI, you face the possibility of fines, incarceration, driver’s license suspension, and an annual fee to retain your driver’s license – and that’s just on the civilian side of things. Will you be subject to any military punitive actions ? If you are NOT being ...
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  • Overstaying a Temporary U.S. Visa

    || 27-Oct-2016

    If you have a U.S. visa and you’re drawing closer to the expected departure date, you may be wondering, “What will happen to me if I overstay my temporary U.S. visa?” While tempting, overstaying your U.S. visa is not recommended as you could be in for some serious consequences. For instance, once the expected departure date arrives, your visa will be voided automatically; you ...
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  • Arson Charges in Plano, Texas

    || 26-Oct-2016

    Do you remember Smokey Bear ? He is an American mascot created in 1944 to educate the American public about the dangers of starting wildfires. Smokey is one of America’s most popular and recognizable images that are not only protected by U.S. federal law, but administered by the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. Since Smokey Bear has been around for ...
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  • What is a Protective Order?

    || 25-Oct-2016

    In Texas, when someone commits family violence, otherwise known as spousal or child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, or stalking, the court can issue what’s called a “protective order.” What is a protective order exactly? Some states have restraining orders, but in Texas we call them protective orders; these are civil court orders issued against ...
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  • Penalties for Public Intoxication in Texas

    || 24-Oct-2016

    If you’re 21 or older, it’s not illegal for you to drink alcohol in Texas. If you’re at home, you can have as many drinks as you want; you’re not breaking the law. If you drink at a bar or a restaurant, it’s perfectly lawful for you to consume alcohol – to a point. When it comes to drinking alcohol in a public place, for example, at one of the bars downtown, at ...
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  • Helping Someone Apply for SSDI

    || 20-Oct-2016

    Sadly, a disabling condition can affect an individual so much that he or she can find it impossible to apply for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits on their own. This is especially true if the disabled person is going blind, has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), or has lost function in their hands. Are you the spouse, adult child, or a close friend of a disabled individual who is ...
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  • Criminal Charges Against Dog Owners in Plano

    || 19-Oct-2016

    We believe that dogs can be the best pets. Some breeds are extremely intelligent and as long as a dog has been raised right, most of the time they can be friendly companions. Dogs are loyal, they’re virtually always happy to see their owners, and they protect our homes and property. While many dogs fit our description above, not all dogs are “safe” around strangers and visitors. ...
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  • Difference Between Probation and Parole

    || 18-Oct-2016

    If you are facing criminal charges for the first time, soon you will be learning a number of new legal terms, such as probation and parole. You’ve probably heard these terms most of your life, you may have even had a family member who was “on probation” or “out on parole,” but do you know the difference between probation and parole? According to the Bureau of Justice ...
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  • Sentence Enhancements for Gang Crimes in Plano

    || 17-Oct-2016

    Texas frowns upon gang-related crimes, as is the case in many other states. In an effort to deter gang-related activities, Texas legislatures decided to impose what are called “sentence enhancements” for gang-related crimes. Under Section 71.02 of the Texas Penal Code, if a person commits a criminal offense while establishing, maintaining, or participating in a criminal street gang, he ...
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  • Can Immigrants Vote in the Presidential Election?

    || 13-Oct-2016

    Many Americans and immigrants agree that the 2016 election will be a historical one. With immigration being a hot topic among the candidates, it’s understandable why immigrants would desire to line up at the polls this election. Here in Texas, we have a large immigrant population just like Arizona and California. That said, thousands of immigrants in Texas are asking the question, ...
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  • White Collar Crimes Defined

    || 12-Oct-2016

    According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the term “white collar crime” was reportedly coined in 1939. Today, white collar crime is associated with a wide range of fraudulent crimes, which are often committed by businessmen, corporate officers, and government professionals. Sometimes they’re also committed by everyday individuals who engage in complex scams. White ...
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  • Marijuana Possession Charges in Plano, Texas

    || 11-Oct-2016

    If you’ve paid attention to the news in the last decade, you’ve heard about the debate over marijuana legalization. The marijuana advocates must have some good points, after all, marijuana has been decriminalized in 21 states to date, and more states are expected to soften their marijuana legislation in the upcoming years. Around the country, states are legalizing medical marijuana and ...
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  • Will I Be Deported for Committing a Crime?

    || 10-Oct-2016

    If you are living in Texas, you are probably aware that Texas is home to a large immigrant population. You may even be one of them. If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you have to be careful about following all of the local, state and federal laws. Otherwise, if you commit certain crimes, an arrest can lead to removal (deportation) proceedings. The laws that address whether an alien will be deported ...
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  • Returning to Work After a Disability

    || 6-Oct-2016

    According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), millions of blind and disabled Americans receive disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both. Many of these same individuals also receive Medicare or Medicaid to help cover their medical bills. Even though people receive SSDI or SSI benefits, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to return to work. In many cases, ...
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  • Are Rubber Checks Illegal?

    || 5-Oct-2016

    Merriam-Webster defines a “rubber check” as a “check returned by a bank because of insufficient funds in the payer’s account.” You’ve probably heard of people writing bad checks before. After all, whenever you check out at the grocery store, you can’t help but notice a prominently displayed sign near the cashier that warns people of an insufficient funds ...
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  • Hit and Run Charges in Plano, Texas

    || 4-Oct-2016

    When it comes to being involved in a car accident, Texas law imposes a strict duty upon drivers. Whenever a driver is involved in automobile accident, they must STOP and immediately determine if anyone involved in the accident was injured and if they need medical assistance. If someone was injured, the driver must call 911 or otherwise seek help for the injured parties, assuming they’re ...
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  • Is Assault in Texas a Felony?

    || 3-Oct-2016

    Each state has created its own language in reference to violent crimes. You may be familiar with the terms assault and battery, which are the most common terms used for violent or assaultive offenses. In Texas, several violent crimes are covered under the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 22, Assaultive Offenses, Section 22.01, Assault. What is technically considered “assault” in Texas? Is it ...
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