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Blog Posts in 2017

  • FAQs About the Texas Criminal Process

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 22-May-2017

    Were you recently arrested for a crime in Plano, Dallas, or anywhere else in Texas? If this is your first run-in with the “wrong side of the law,” you probably have questions, and understandably so. In order to help you better understand the criminal process in Texas, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers. If after reading this list, you need further ...
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  • Temporary Work Visas: An Overview

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 18-May-2017

    Are you a non-U.S. citizen who would like to enter the United States and work here temporarily? If that’s the case, you will need to obtain a visa before coming to the U.S. For foreigners who wish to work in the U.S. for a temporary period of time, they need one of the two following visas: 1) a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or 2) an immigrant visa for permanent residence. The ...
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  • About the Dallas County Jail

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 17-May-2017

    Are you interested in learning about the Dallas County Jail? If so, perhaps your loved one was recently arrested and they’re being detained there. Or, perhaps you have an interest in the criminal justice system and want to know more about the Jail. Either way, we’re going to explain what the Jail is used for, and we are also going to touch upon a few other local detention facilities. ...
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  • Sentencing Enhancements for Gang-Related Crime

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 16-May-2017

    As Texans are well-aware, the state is no stranger to gang violence, and Dallas is no exception. On Oct. 29, 2016, WFAA (News 8) published an article entitled, Dallas struggling to combat gang violence. In the article, Wes Melton, who left the department shortly before being interviewed by News 8, had spent part of 2016 trying to prove that many of the murders in Dallas were gang-related. In fact, ...
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  • Accidents Involving Personal Injury or Death

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 15-May-2017

    As a driver, you’re well aware that it’s against the law to intentionally injure or kill someone with your vehicle. To do so, would be a form of murder. But, what if you are in a collision and someone else is seriously injured or killed and you don’t stick around? Can you face criminal penalties under Texas law? For starters, whenever you are in any type of collision in Texas, ...
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  • Understanding Social Security Disability

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 11-May-2017

    The Social Security Disability (SSD) program is designed to provide much-needed benefits to individuals who have a serious disability that will prevent them from working for at least 12 months, or who have a condition that will result in death. Not every disabled person qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits; in order to qualify for SSD benefits, you must have worked for a certain ...
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  • Intoxication Manslaughter Charges in Texas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 10-May-2017

    In Texas and across the nation, it’s common knowledge that it’s against the law to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even lawfully prescribed prescription medications. The crime of Driving While Intoxicated or DWI is covered under Section 49.04 of the Texas Penal Code. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, “About every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is ...
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  • Why Plea Bargains Are So Common

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 9-May-2017

    Plea bargains benefit judges, prosecutors, criminal defendants, and even American taxpayers. Judges are motivated to accept plea bargains because they ease the burden on the courts’ crowded calendars. In reality, judges are dealing with a backlog of cases, and simply don’t have the time to give every case the attention it deserves. Prosecutors are dealing with similar issues as judges. ...
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  • Disqualifiers for Collin County's Diversion Program

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 8-May-2017

    If you are facing criminal charges for the first time in Plano or anywhere else in Collin County, certainly you’re hoping to beat your charges, and if that doesn’t happen, you’re hoping to minimize the consequences of a conviction as much as humanely possible. If the odds are stacked against you; for example, if you were caught “red handed” or the police have a strong ...
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  • Can I Be Deported for Domestic Violence?

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 4-May-2017

    In Texas, it’s against the law to physically abuse your family members. While it may be socially and culturally acceptable to punish one’s spouse or child in many other countries, that does not mean it’s acceptable here in the United States. In the last 40 years, our culture has increasingly changed its attitude towards family violence. In the 1950s, for example, what would be ...
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  • Marijuana Still Illegal in Texas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 3-May-2017

    If you are a marijuana supporter, like many people are, you have probably been watching the news and possibly even reading articles about marijuana legalization. As of today, 21 different states have decriminalized certain marijuana possession offenses. Some of those states include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, and Ohio. So, what does ...
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  • Consequences of a Military DWI

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 2-May-2017

    It’s not uncommon for people to drink in the military. The problem is, if a service member is arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas, there will be some serious consequences that impact many aspects of their military life; for example, a reduce in rank. The U.S. Army published an article about an Army noncommissioned officer whose military career was affected after getting ...
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  • What is Bail?

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 1-May-2017

    If you, or someone you love is facing criminal charges for the first time, soon you will learn about bail. What is bail, and what does it have to do with criminal defendants? In Texas, bail is covered under Title 1, Chapter 17 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Under Art. 17.01, bail is defined as “the security given by the accused that he will appear and answer before the proper court the ...
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  • Rules About Green Cards

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 27-Apr-2017

    Generally, in order for a non-U.S. citizen to live and work in the United States, he or she must apply for and receive a Permanent Resident Card, otherwise known as a Green Card. When someone issued a Green Card, it means they are authorized by the U.S. government to live and work in the United States. Having a Green Card means the immigrant is in the U.S. legally, and can stay for years without ...
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  • What is Tax Evasion?

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 26-Apr-2017

    Tax evasion is where an individual or a business intentionally finds ways to avoid paying what would be their actual tax liability. When someone is caught trying to avoid paying their taxes in this manner, they can face serious criminal charges, including hefty fines and incarceration. Tax evasion is a federal crime; under Title 26 USC 7201, any person who intentionally tries to defeat a tax ...
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  • DWI/Drug Court in Collin County

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 25-Apr-2017

    According to the Texas Department of Transportation, “About every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol.” That statistic doesn’t even take into account the number of people that are arrested for a simple DWI without any injuries. In Collin and Dallas counties, along with the rest of Texas, the courts are backlogged with DWI and drug cases. ...
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  • Court-Appointed Attorneys in Plano & Dallas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 24-Apr-2017

    Suppose you, or someone you love was recently arrested for a crime in Dallas or Collin County. Should you apply for a court-appointed criminal defense lawyer? Will you even qualify for one? Do you really need a defense attorney anyway? For starters, you definitely NEED a defense lawyer. Not only are the courts complex, but Texas has some of the harshest fines and penalties in the nation. It is ...
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  • Muscular Dystrophy & SSDI

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 20-Apr-2017

    According to the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, muscular dystrophies (MD) refer to more than 30 different genetic diseases, all of which involve “progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement.” Some people will show signs of MD as early as childhood, or even at infancy, while other people won’t show signs of MD until ...
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  • First DWI Charges in Plano, Texas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 19-Apr-2017

    Were you recently arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Plano, Dallas, or anywhere else in the Lone Star State? If so, you probably have a lot of questions. How much will the fines be? Will your license be suspended? Will you go to jail? Will you lose your job? Under Texas law, a driver is “legally intoxicated” when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is.08% or above. ...
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  • Family Violence 911 Calls in Plano, Texas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 18-Apr-2017

    In Texas, domestic violence is called “family violence,” which refers to acts or threats of violence between family and household members. However, family violence goes beyond physical abuse and threats of physical harm, it includes sexual assault, restraining a person’s movements (e.g. locking them in a room), stalking, harassment, destroying someone’s personal property, ...
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  • Community Supervision in Collin County, Texas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 17-Apr-2017

    Most people are familiar with the term probation, which is referred to as “ Community Supervision ” in Collin County and throughout Texas. Prior to being called Community Supervision, it was referred to as “Adult Probation.” If you or someone you love is facing criminal charges in Plano or anywhere else in Collin County, you may be learning all about Community Supervision ...
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  • How Dual Nationality Works

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 13-Apr-2017

    What is dual nationality exactly? Dual nationality means that someone is a citizen of two different countries at once. However, we must keep in mind that the nationality laws in each country differ. It’s not uncommon for someone to have dual nationality simple due to the laws in place, rather than personal choice. For example, suppose a husband and wife, both U.S. citizens, were living in ...
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  • Defining Public Lewdness

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 12-Apr-2017

    While a little “peck” may not be a big deal, if a couple takes their zest for each other too far in public, they could be arrested and criminally charged in Texas. It doesn’t matter if a couple is laying on a beach, kissing in a bar, dancing too closely at a nightclub, or showing their affection for each other on top of their boat on a beautiful summer day – when two people ...
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  • Shoplifting Charges in Plano, Texas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 11-Apr-2017

    Texas does not have a separate shoplifting statute. Instead, shoplifting is criminalized under Title 7, Chapter 31, Theft, of the Texas Penal Code. Under Section 31.03, a person is guilty of “ theft ” if he or she takes someone else’s property without the owner’s consent and with the intention of permanently depriving the owner of their property. Shoplifting is perhaps one ...
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  • What is the Arraignment?

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 10-Apr-2017

    An arraignment is a court proceeding where a defendant is called before a judge and officially informed of their charges. The arraignment does not occur until after the defendant has been arrested and charges have been filed against him or her. During the arraignment, the defendant is asked whether he or she pleads guilty or not guilty to the offense being charged. In some jurisdictions, during ...
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