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Blog Posts in 2017

  • Can I Get Disability if I Work?

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

    Suppose you are disabled, but you’re still managing to hold down a job – though it’s been very difficult. You’re in pain every day and you’re afraid that if you keep working, your body will “give out” on you. You want to quit, but you’re afraid if you do, you’ll end up penniless or destitute, or both. You are seriously considering applying for ...
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  • Most Popular Drugs in Texas

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

    According to the California Department of Justice Bureau of Investigation, “Drug trends are constantly changing” and they are influenced by a number of factors, such as the laws, social media, socio-economics, the area where a person lives, and attitudes toward drug use. So, to look at the substance abuse trends here in Texas, we turned to 2016 data published by the University of Texas ...
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  • Polygraphs in Texas Criminal Investigations

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

    Criminal polygraph examinations, also known as “lie detector tests” are considered useful investigative tools to support criminal investigations. To local police officers and detectives, polygraphs help them eliminate or include criminal suspects in criminal investigations. For example, if a suspect were to pass a polygraph with “flying colors,” it can help the police rule ...
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  • Prescriptions Can Lead to a DWI

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

    In August, Consumer Reports published an article entitled, “Too Many Meds? America’s Love Affair With Prescription Medication.” According to Consumer Reports, “The total number of prescriptions filled by all Americans, including adults and children has increased by 85 percent over two decades, while the total U.S. population has increased by only 21 percent.” ...
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  • Considering U.S. Citizenship?

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

    As a lawful permanent resident ( Green Card holder ), you enjoy many of the same rights as U.S. citizens, but not all of them. If you have created a life in the United States, you may want to seriously consider becoming a U.S. citizen, especially if you’ve started a family (or plan to), and you don’t see yourself moving back to your home country. There is no question – ...
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  • Unlawful Restraint Charges in Texas

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

    A lot of people are familiar with the concept of “kidnapping,” which refers to abduction and keeping a person against their will – not letting the victim move freely. Under Title 5, Chapter 20 of the Texas Penal Code, kidnapping is one crime and “unlawful restraint” is a separate offense. For the purpose of this post, we’re going to discuss the crime of unlawful ...
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  • Crash Suspensions in Texas

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

    Under certain circumstances, Texas drivers can have their license suspended after they have been involved in a car crash or auto accident. Essentially, if an uninsured driver is in an accident involving bodily injuries or property damage, he or she can be subject to a driver’s license suspension. “When DPS receives notice an individual has been involved in a crash which resulted in an ...
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  • Penalties for Burglarizing a Vehicle in Texas

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

    We’re all familiar with people burglarizing vehicles. Perhaps it’s even happened to you within your lifetime. If not, it’s probably happened to a friend or family member. Often, when people break into vehicles they are attempting to steal valuables, such as a purse, a smartphone, a laptop, or shopping bags filled with merchandise. Some people however, have broken into vehicles to ...
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  • Can I Receive SSD for a Short-Term Disability?

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

    Understandably, disabilities vary in severity and duration. Though an injury or illness may be debilitating and severe, it can be a temporary condition or it can be long-term or permanent. For example, a workplace injury can prevent someone from working, but it may last less than a year. Someone can get into a car accident; the injuries from the crash can prevent the accident victim from working ...
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  • Causes of Intimate Partner Violence

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

    In Texas, “ domestic violence ” is referred to as “family violence.” Under Section 71.004 of the Texas Family Code, family violence is defined as “an act by a member of a family or household member against another member of the family or household that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably ...
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  • 3 Ways Criminal Cases Are Resolved

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

    If you are facing criminal charges for the first time in Texas, you probably have a lot of questions and reasonably so. “Will I be incarcerated? Will my case end in a plea deal? Will I have to go to trial?” To help you better understand how criminal cases are processed through the courts, we’re going to dig deeper into plea bargains, open pleas and trials. In Texas, there are ...
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  • Enhanced Penalties for Texas Crimes

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

    Are you, or someone you love facing criminal charges in Plano, Dallas or anywhere else in Texas? If so, you will be interested in learning how criminal offenses are classified and what factors lead to penalty enhancements. In Texas, criminal offenses are classified into misdemeanors and felonies with felonies being the most serious of the two; the state’s criminal offenses can be found in ...
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  • Temporary Protected Status Extended for South Sudan

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 28-Sep-2017

    According to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), “Since independence on 9 July 2011, South Sudan has struggled with good governance and nation building and has attempted to control rebel militia groups operating in its territory.” The CIA goes on to explain how “economic conditions have deteriorated since January 2012 when the government decided to shut down oil production ...
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  • Drug Offenses & License Suspension in TX

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

    Most licensed drivers in Texas are well-aware of the fact that a driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction will likely result in a driver’s license suspension. After all, the public is continuously on the receiving end of anti-drinking and driving campaigns. So, it’s a no-brainer: drink and drive and lose your license. What many Texas drivers do not know is that a drug or controlled ...
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  • About Texas Expunctions

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

    Just about all of us have made a bad mistake before. Sometimes we were at the wrong place at the wrong time, or we misjudged others’ character and spent time with the wrong people. Unfortunately for some individuals, a single mistake can result in a criminal record, which reflects the person’s arrest, criminal charges, or conviction. A criminal record affects many aspects of a ...
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  • What if I Hit an Unattended Vehicle?

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

    Like other states, Texas imposes a duty upon drivers who are in automobile accidents. When a driver is in a collision, he or she is legally required to stop, pull their vehicle out of traffic if possible, check for any injuries, render aid when necessary (e.g. call an ambulance), and exchange information with the other drivers in the crash. These duties are outlined under Sections 550.022 and ...
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  • Can I Reapply for SSI?

    Posted By The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC || 21-Sep-2017

    Suppose you applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) a few years ago and you were denied. You assumed there was nothing else you could do, so you threw in the towel. Now, you are still disabled and your condition has only worsened and you’re wondering, “Can I reapply for SSI even though I was denied?” Yes, you can reapply at any time. In fact, you could have reapplied for ...
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  • How Criminal Sentences Are Determined

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

    If you are facing criminal charges, you may be wondering, “How are criminal sentences determined?” For starters, to be convicted of a crime, you can plead guilty or a jury can find you guilty. If your case goes to trial and the jury finds you guilty, the jury does not determine your sentence. The judge or magistrate is the one who sentences you. Each criminal statute determines the ...
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  • What Shows Up on Background Checks

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

    If you are facing criminal charges, you have acquired a “criminal record,” which will turn up on a background check. Even if your case is dismissed or you’re found not guilty, the record of your arrest and your criminal charges will still come up on a background check. You may be concerned that your criminal case will show up on a background check when applying for a job, ...
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  • What is Criminal Restitution?

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

    When someone is convicted of a crime, they can face various penalties, such as criminal fines, incarceration, a suspended driver’s license, community service, probation, and criminal restitution to name a few. How do criminal fines and criminal restitution differ? A criminal fine is simply a fine imposed as punishment for a crime; the defendant pays the fine to the government. Criminal fines ...
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  • USCIS Alert for Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

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

    Were you affected by Hurricane Harvey? Or, was your family affected by the hurricane? If so, has the hurricane somehow impacted your immigration proceedings? For example, did you lose your Green Card in the flood? Did you miss a scheduled interview with USCIS because of the Hurricane? Did you miss a biometrics appointment? “USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by ...
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  • Can I Be Deported for a DWI?

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

    If you’re a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder), you’re probably aware of the fact that you are expected to be on your best behavior in the United States. After all, if you commit a crime of “ moral turpitude ” you can be deported. As long as you are not a U.S. citizen, you can face removal proceedings if you exhibit immoral conduct. So, what about driving while ...
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  • Penalties for Perjury in Texas

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

    You’re probably familiar with the term “perjury.” Surely, you’ve heard it discussed on television or in film. So, what does it mean exactly? When someone intentionally lies after swearing to tell the truth by a court clerk, notary public, or other such official, they are committing the crime of perjury. While someone can commit perjury while on the stand, it doesn’t ...
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  • Drugged Driving in Texas

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

    According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs can make driving a car unsafe – just like driving after drinking alcohol.” Very similar to drunk driving, drugged driving places the driver, their passengers, and others on the road at risk of a crash, sometimes a deadly crash. Why is drugged driving dangerous? Because, ...
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  • SSD & the Listing of Impairments

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

    When people apply for disability, “approval for benefits” is based on a few factors. One, the person’s medical condition must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of a disability. Second, the individual must have worked long enough and paid into the Social Security program. Or, the person worked long enough into the program and their disability qualifies ...
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