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Blog Posts in April, 2017

  • Rules About Green Cards

    || 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?

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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?

    || 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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  • Depression and SSDI

    || 6-Apr-2017

    The National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) says depression is “a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.” According to the NIH, in order for someone to be diagnosed with depression, his or her symptoms must last for two continuous weeks or longer. The forms of ...
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  • About Family Violence in Texas

    || 5-Apr-2017

    Are you accused of committing family violence, otherwise known as “domestic violence” in Plano or Dallas, Texas? If you’re like a lot of people, you may not fully understand what constitutes family violence under the law, and the consequences involved. According to the Texas Family Code, family violence is “an act by a member of a family or household against another member ...
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  • About Forgery Charges in Texas

    || 4-Apr-2017

    Sometimes, signing someone else’s name on a document seems innocent enough, especially when it’s a husband or wife signing their spouse’s name on a check for deposit, or on an application of sorts. As innocent as this practice may seem, it’s highly frowned upon and anyone who signs someone else’s name can find themselves in serious legal trouble; they can be charged ...
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  • Penalties for Disorderly Conduct in Plano

    || 3-Apr-2017

    Did you know that a person’s “behavior” can get them into a lot of trouble, especially if they act up in a public place? It’s true, under Section 42.01 of the Texas Penal Code, Disorderly Conduct, certain behavior is criminalized under state law if it disrupts the peace or others consider it offensive. Under this section, people can be arrested if they’re disruptive ...
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