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Blog Posts in 2017

  • Release on Your Own Recognizance (OR) in Texas

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

    What does release on your own recognizance (OR) mean exactly? It’s basically bail, but it doesn’t cost you anything; you can consider it free bail. When a criminal defendant is released on his or her own recognizance, they would have to make a promise in writing stating that they will appear in court whenever they are required to. With OR, the defendant does not pay bail to a bail ...
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  • Property Crimes in Texas

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

    Crimes come in different varieties; some crimes are against the “person,” which means they are against an individual. An example of a crime against the person would be assault. Some crimes involve lying and deceit – these are classified as fraud-related crimes. Such crimes include immigration fraud, healthcare fraud, identity theft, embezzlement, and bankruptcy fraud among other ...
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  • Juvenile Justice in Texas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 14-Aug-2017

    If you are a parent whose son or daughter has gotten in trouble with the wrong side of the law, you probably have a lot of questions, and reasonably so. Here, we wanted to give you a quick explanation of the juvenile justice process in Texas. If you need legal help, don’t hesitate to contact our firm directly. Your child may be in a tough spot, and we’d be glad to offer you guidance. ...
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  • Qualifying for Social Security Disability

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

    When you were healthy and able to work, you may have not given much thought to disability. Perhaps it was simply something you’d hear about on occasion or you’d see articles about it in the newspaper. It’s probably not something you thought would happen to you, until it did. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), “Studies show that just over 1 in 4 of ...
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  • When Does Fraud Become a Federal Matter?

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

    The victims of state and federal fraud crimes often suffer both psychological distress and financial harm. Some people even experience medical problems, such as stress, anxiety and panic attacks after they have been victimized. According to the U.S Department of Justice, “Millions of people in the United States are victims of fraud crimes each year.” The DOJ refers to fraud crimes as a ...
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  • Firearm Possession & Family Violence Protective Orders

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

    If you live in Texas, you know Texans take pride in their firearms. When something such as family violence or domestic violence charges are filed against a proud gun owner, it’s understandable why he or she may have concerns over their right to bear arms. If you’re being accused of domestic violence and you own firearms, you’re probably worried about your gun rights and ...
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  • Penalties for Forgery in Texas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 7-Aug-2017

    It can be very easy for someone to sign another person’s signature on a check, an insurance document, a loan application, a credit card application, or other such document. However, when people forge someone else’s signature, they are in fact committing a fraud crime under Section 32.21 of the Texas Penal Code. Under Sec. 32.21, a person commits “forgery” when he or she ...
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  • Worldwide Caution for U.S. Travelers

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

    Are you a U.S. citizen who is planning to travel abroad? If so, it’s important to stay updated on the U.S. Department of State’s “Worldwide Caution,” which provides U.S. citizens with updated information about threats on foreign soil. The Department of State updated the Worldwide Caution “with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political ...
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  • First DWI in Texas

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

    According to the Texas Department of Transportation, “About every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol.” TxDOT goes on to urge drivers to take responsibility for their actions and to not drink and drive. If you’re like a lot of people, you’re not sure how much alcohol is too much. “Impairment begins with the first drink,” ...
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  • Criminal Mischief Charges in Texas

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

    Did you recently damage someone else’s property and now you’re being slapped with criminal mischief charges? Or, are you a parent whose son or daughter vandalized someone else’s property and now he or she is facing criminal charges for what they did? If your answer is “yes” to either question, you’ll be interested in learning more about criminal mischief under ...
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  • Texas' Open Container Law

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 31-Jul-2017

    Just about all drivers over the age of 16 in Texas are well-aware of the fact that driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal. Clearly, driving while intoxicated (DWI) can get you into a lot of trouble in Texas; your license could be suspended, you could go to jail, and you’d have a criminal record. However, what a lot of people don’t realize is that it’s also illegal to ...
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  • SSD vs. SSI: What's the Difference?

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

    Did you recently become disabled to the point where you were not able to work and earn a living? If so, you may be feeling like you’re running out of options for income. Perhaps now it’s time to consider applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, you’re not sure which program is right for you; you’re not sure what sets the ...
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  • FAQs About Criminal Procedure in TX

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

    If you or someone you love was recently arrested for a criminal offense in Texas, you probably have a lot of questions. Below, we compiled a list of frequently asked questions about criminal procedure in Texas. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly! How does Texas classify crimes? Like other states, Texas places crimes into two categories: misdemeanors and ...
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  • Penalties for Violating a Protective Order

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

    In Plano and throughout the state of Texas, victims of family violence ( domestic violence ) can seek a protective order from the courts, which orders an abuser to STOP hurting them. People can also get a protective order if they are victims of sexual assault or stalking at the hands of a family or household member, or former member of the family or household. Under Texas law, family violence ...
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  • What Happens if I Accept a Plea Deal?

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

    Suppose you made a mistake and ultimately, it led to an arrest and criminal charges being filed against you. The state conducted an investigation and they end up having a mountain of evidence against you. Now, your defense attorney is suggesting you accept a plea bargain. You’re highly considering accepting, so you’re wondering, “What will happen if I decide to accept the ...
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  • Difference Between Green Card & U.S. Citizenship

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

    Are you planning on coming to the United States and staying here for some time? If you’re a foreign national, you can do so by obtaining a Green Card, which is the identification card issued to “lawful permanent residents.” If you come to the U.S. and decide that you don’t want to go back to your home country, you may want to consider pursuing U.S. citizenship. An ...
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  • Should I Accept a Plea Bargain?

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

    If you were recently arrested for a crime and so far, you’ve been imagining that your case will go to trial, that’s not necessarily how things are going to play out. In many criminal cases, the case never makes it to trial and there are valid reasons for this. For starters, the court calendars across the country are clogged. Because of this, judges and prosecutors are motivated to ...
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  • Penalties for Boating While Intoxicated

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

    Did you know that Texas has roughly 300 navigable lakes? Combined, those lakes have more than 4,900 miles of water to enjoy water-related activities, such as fishing and boating. Since Texas is scorching during the summer, there’s nothing better than hitting the water on a hot summer day. Here in Plano, we’re not far from Lake Ray Hubbard, White Rock Lake, Lewisville Lake, and Mountain ...
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  • Resisting Arrest Charges in Texas

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

    Have you been accused of resisting arrest in Plano, Dallas, or anywhere else in Texas? If so, you probably have questions, and reasonably so! What are the penalties? What if you were subject to an unlawful arrest? Were your rights infringed upon? Continue reading as we explore this subject in further detail. In Texas, “resisting arrest” is covered under Section 38.03 of the Texas Penal ...
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  • Tips for Applying for Disability

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

    If you are disabled and seriously considering applying for Social Security Disability, you’ve probably heard people say something to the effect of, “It’s nearly impossible to get approved!” To an extent, this is true. Mainly because the Social Security Administration has a very strict definition of “disability.” Under the SSA’s definition, to be disabled ...
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  • Are DWI Checkpoints Legal in Texas?

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

    If you’re a licensed driver, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about sobriety checkpoints, also referred to as DUI or DWI checkpoints. A DUI checkpoint is a location set up by law enforcement for the purpose of nabbing drunk or drugged drivers. Usually, DUI checkpoints are conducted on weekend evenings, near bars and places where alcohol is served. DWI checkpoints are also set ...
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  • Aggravated Assault Charges in Texas

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

    In Texas, most types of assaults or “acts of violence” are criminalized under Title 5, Chapter 22 of the Texas Penal Code. This Chapter addresses the crimes of assault, sexual assault, aggravated assault, aggravated assault, aggravated sexual assault, and injuries to children, the elderly, and the disabled. For the purpose of this post, we’re going to focus on aggravated assault ...
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  • FAQs About Texas DWI

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

    Are you facing driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges in Plano or Dallas? If so, and this is your first DWI offense, you probably have questions. Will you lose your driver’s license? Will you go to jail? How much will the fines be? Below, we have provided a list of frequently asked questions and answers about DWI in Texas. We encourage you to continue reading and if you have further ...
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  • Past-Due Child Support & Passports

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 6-Jul-2017

    The United States is very strict about child support enforcement. If a paying parent falls significantly past-due on their child support payments, he or she will face a number of consequences. For example, their wages can be garnished, their bank account can be garnished, they’re tax refund can be intercepted, their driver’s license can be suspended, and they can even be denied a ...
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  • Penalties for Prostitution in Texas

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 5-Jul-2017

    Prostitution may be one of the oldest trades to exist, but it’s still quite illegal in Texas and throughout the United States. Many people have wondered, “Why is prostitution against the law?” There are a couple main reasons why it’s illegal. For one, to control the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Second, to reduce the demand for underage prostitutes, many of whom ...
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