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Blog Posts in August, 2017

  • Exceptions for the Naturalization Requirements

    || 31-Aug-2017

    Are you planning on becoming a United States citizen? If so, congratulations on your decision! Our great nation was built by immigrants who were seeking to build a better life for themselves and their families. To this day, immigrants continue to strengthen our country by starting businesses in the U.S. and contributing to our culture and our diverse communities. When a Green Card holder becomes ...
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  • DUI vs. DWI: What's the Difference?

    || 30-Aug-2017

    If you’re like a lot of people you may be wondering, what’s the difference between DUI and DWI ? Are they the same thing? Or, perhaps you’re standing across from a friend or family member and one of you lives in California and the other in Texas or New York, and you’re having an intelligent conversation about the terms and now you’re both wondering, “Which one ...
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  • What is Internet Crime?

    || 29-Aug-2017

    Internet crime refers to any type of illegal activity conducted over the Internet. Child pornography, identity theft, credit card fraud, Internet scams, fraud, human trafficking, prostitution, and cyberstalking are some examples of crimes committed over the Internet. If you’re wondering how Internet and cybercrime differ, they’re strongly linked; in many cases, they are the same thing. ...
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  • Warrantless Arrests in Texas

    || 28-Aug-2017

    You’ve probably heard about arrest warrants; often, a judge or magistrate issues an arrest warrant when someone fails to appear in court as required, or when the state has enough evidence against a suspect to seek an arrest through an arrest warrant. But what about warrantless arrests, when are those legal? Under Title 1, Chapter 14 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, it explains when ...
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  • Lupus & Social Security Disability

    || 24-Aug-2017

    The Mayo Clinic defines Lupus as “a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs.” The inflammation can affect different parts of the body, such as the heart and lungs, the joints, brain, blood cells, kidneys, blood cells and others. Because Lupus mimics several other ailments, it can be hard to diagnose. It is ...
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  • When Are Vehicle Searches Legal?

    || 23-Aug-2017

    Usually when a traffic stop is initiated for a moving violation, expired registration, or a broken taillight, it ends with a warning or a citation and the rattled motorist drives away when it’s over. Occasionally something in the vehicle will catch the officer’s eye, and what follows is a prolonged traffic stop and a vehicle search. When you are pulled over on a routine traffic stop, ...
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  • Can a Conviction Be Appealed?

    || 22-Aug-2017

    If you’re like most people, you’ve heard about cases being appealed, but do you know what that means exactly? Can any criminal case be appealed? Generally, when a jury comes back with a not guilty verdict in a criminal case, the case is over. Meaning, the prosecutor can’t take the person back to court and appeal their acquittal. A guilty verdict on the other hand, is a different ...
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  • Human Trafficking in Texas

    || 21-Aug-2017

    Human trafficking is recognized as a form of “modern-day slavery.” Kevin Bales from Free the Slaves says it involves controlling someone through violence, psychological coercion, economic exploitation, loss of free will and movement, and being “paid nothing beyond subsistence.” Who are the victims? Traffickers target males and females, adults and children. Victims can be ...
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  • Helping Family Obtain a Green Card

    || 17-Aug-2017

    As a United States citizen, you have the ability to help a family member obtain a Green Card, which would make him or her a lawful permanent resident. “How do I help my relative become a permanent resident?” In order to achieve this goal, you would need to accomplish the following steps: 1) you would have to sponsor your family member, and 2) prove that you can afford to support your ...
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  • Release on Your Own Recognizance (OR) in Texas

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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?

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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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