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Blog Posts in February, 2017

  • Penalties for Hit and Run in Texas

    || 28-Feb-2017

    Each year, there are millions of car accidents across the nation. With Texas being so populous, we have our fair share of wrecks, including hit and run crashes. In Texas in particular, we have a problem with uninsured motorists, who sometimes have a tendency to flee the accident scene. What some of these uninsured motorists don’t realize is that it’s a crime to flee the scene of an ...
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  • Penalties for Lying to Law Enforcement in Texas

    || 27-Feb-2017

    In the criminal justice system, law enforcement, specifically police officers, detectives, and other investigators rely heavily on interviews with suspects, eyewitnesses, and other individuals who provide them with valuable “tips” that help solve cases. Often, detectives will conduct multiple interviews with people when investigating a crime. They will talk to everybody they can; ...
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  • Medical Coverage for the Disabled

    || 23-Feb-2017

    If you’re disabled and considering applying for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, health insurance or medical coverage is probably on your mind. If you are approved for SSDI benefits, will you be able to get Medicare coverage as well? After all, you need healthcare coverage now more than ever before. Here’s your answer: When disabled individuals are approved for disability ...
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  • Age of Consent in Texas

    || 22-Feb-2017

    The “age of consent” refers to the legal age to have sexual intercourse. If you are interested in a younger person, or if you are dating someone who is younger than you, it’s a good idea to find out what the “age of consent” means to you. It’s important to know what could happen to you if you are intimate with someone who is under the age of consent. In Texas, ...
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  • Family Violence Protective Orders in Texas

    || 21-Feb-2017

    Were you recently arrested for family violence ( domestic violence ) in Plano or Dallas? If so, you may end up with a protective order against you, if there isn’t one already. If your spouse or your significant other does get a protective order, ordering you to stay away from them, what does that mean to you? According to the Attorney General, Ken Paxton’s website, “Victims of ...
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  • About Motions to Suppress in Texas

    || 20-Feb-2017

    What is a motion to suppress and how can it impact a criminal case in Plano or anywhere else in Texas? For starters, a “motion to suppress” has to do with evidence. When a criminal defense attorney files a motion to suppress evidence, it means the defense lawyer is asking the judge to exclude certain evidence against a defendant – to not consider it at trial. A criminal lawyer ...
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  • Naturalization: English Language Exemption

    || 16-Feb-2017

    Certain immigrants who dream of U.S. citizenship will not be subject to the same requirements as other foreign nationals – for these individuals there are “modifications” and “exceptions,” which make the naturalization process easier. One of these exemptions is the English language exemption, which accommodates certain green card holders, particularly older ...
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  • Breath Test Refusals in Plano, Texas

    || 15-Feb-2017

    In many states, if a driver is suspected of driving while intoxicated (DWI), or otherwise “under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” there are consequences for refusing a breath test. In Plano and Dallas and the rest of Texas, if a DWI suspect refuses a breath test, the state will punish a refusal with a driver’s license suspension. The process of suspended a license after a ...
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  • Reasons to Fight a Texas DWI Charge

    || 14-Feb-2017

    Are you facing driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges in Plano or Dallas? If so, you may be trying to decide whether to plead guilty or to fight your DWI charges. We’ll tell you right now that you DON’T want to sit back, do nothing and let the criminal justice system determine your fate, and we’re going to explain why. A DWI conviction has many negative consequences that will ...
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  • Arraignments in Plano, Texas

    || 13-Feb-2017

    What is an arraignment, and what does it involve? An arraignment is a criminal proceeding, where the suspect, who is now a defendant, is officially informed of their charge in the charging document – a complaint, indictment, or information. Generally, arraignments are held within 48 hours of the arrest, with the exception of weekends and holidays if the suspect is in custody. If the suspect ...
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  • Social Security Disability at a Glance

    || 9-Feb-2017

    Were you disabled in a car accident? Or, have you become disabled after developing a crippling disease or another medical condition? If your answer is “yes” to either question and your condition is now preventing you from working, you should consider applying for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits. After all, you paid into the system so there is no reason why you ...
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  • How Arrests Are Made in Texas

    || 8-Feb-2017

    Just about everyone is familiar with arrests, but not everyone understands how the arrest process works. Generally, police officers must obtain arrest warrants (from a judge) before they can arrest someone and take them into custody. However, a police officer has every right to arrest someone who commits a crime in the police officer’s presence. For example, if a police officer pulls someone ...
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  • Will My Case Go to Trial?

    || 7-Feb-2017

    If you are facing criminal charges you may be wondering, “Will my case settle through a plea bargain or will it go to trial?” It depends. If your defense attorney feels that he or she has discussed a “good plea deal” with the prosecutor and you refuse to accept, the ultimate decision to accept a plea bargain or proceed with trial rests with you. Essentially, a defense ...
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  • Penalties for Prostitution in Plano, TX

    || 6-Feb-2017

    Prostitution may be the “oldest profession” around; however, it’s still illegal in the United States. In Texas, prostitution is criminalized under Section 43.02 of the Texas Penal Code. Under this section, a person can be found guilty of prostitution even if they didn’t have sexual intercourse; in many cases people can be convicted of prostitution if they engage in ...
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  • DHS Responds to Recent Litigation

    || 2-Feb-2017

    On Jan. 29, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement responding to recent litigation. According to the press release, the DHS “will continue to enforce all of President Trump’s Executive Orders in a manner that ensures the safety and security of the American people.” The press release said President Trump’s Executive Orders will remain in effect and ...
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  • Bankruptcy Fraud Charges in Plano

    || 1-Feb-2017

    When it comes to personal bankruptcy, most individuals and couples file either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The process of filing bankruptcy involves a lot of paperwork, and debtors are required to provide details about their personal income and debts. Like mortgage loan applications, credit card applications, and applications for immigration and government benefits, there is room for fraud ...
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