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Blog Posts in June, 2017

  • Two Types of Immigration Fraud

    || 29-Jun-2017

    Many people in the immigrant community are well-aware of the fact that immigration fraud occurs. However, many of these immigrants do not realize that immigration fraud is criminalized under the Immigration Nationality Act (INA). Immigration fraud (document fraud), is right up there with domestic violence, crimes of moral turpitude, falsely claiming citizenship, and drug trafficking – all ...
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  • When is DWI a Felony in Texas?

    || 28-Jun-2017

    Are you facing driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges in Plano, Dallas, or anywhere else in Texas? If so, you may be wondering, “Could I be facing felony charges?” It depends on the facts of your case, but it is possible. For starters, driving while intoxicated under Section 49.04 of the Texas Penal Code is typically a Class B misdemeanor when it is a first-time offense and nobody was ...
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  • Contributors to Intimate Partner Violence

    || 27-Jun-2017

    As criminal defense attorneys, we frequently represent people who have been accused of intimate partner violence, otherwise known as “family violence,” “ domestic violence ” and “spousal abuse.” Often, these individuals are everyday people, who don’t look like criminals by any means. So, it got us wondering, what are some of the causes of intimate partner ...
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  • Texas' Medical Marijuana Law

    || 26-Jun-2017

    If you’re a medical marijuana advocate, you’ve probably noticed how states, such as California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, and Alaska have legalized marijuana for both recreational and medical use. Then, there’s a number of states, including our neighbors Arizona and New Mexico, that have legalized marijuana strictly for “medical use.” Where ...
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  • 6 Most Commonly Abused Drugs in Texas

    || 22-Jun-2017

    Each state has its own battles with drug abuse, and that’s a fact that law enforcement and concerned citizens cannot escape. We looked to the most recent data available to see what the drug trends were here in Texas. Here are the key findings from the report, “Substance Abuse Trends in Texas: June 2013.” According to the report’s summary, “There was a strong and ...
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  • Is Social Security Disability Retroactive?

    || 21-Jun-2017

    “I became disabled months ago, is Social Security Disability retroactive?” We hear this question a LOT. Fortunately, we have good news; a disabled individual may qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits for up to 12 months before applying, providing the Social Security Administration (SSA) finds that the applicant fit the SSA’s definition of “disabled” ...
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  • Can a Drug Conviction Affect My License?

    || 20-Jun-2017

    If you’re a licensed driver in Texas, you’re likely aware of the fact that your driver’s license would be suspended if you were convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI). After all, most drivers know that an alcohol or drug-related DWI would affect their driving privileges. But, what about a drug conviction that has nothing to do with driving? Can a drug offense lead to a ...
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  • Illegal Possession of a Prescription Drug

    || 19-Jun-2017

    Have you ever been sick before, and your friend or family member offered to give you their leftover antibiotics? Or, perhaps you were at a friend’s house and you told them about your sleeping problems. In an effort to be “helpful,” your friend offered to give you a few of their sleeping pills. Or, perhaps you were in a lot of pain after a back injury and someone offered to sell ...
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  • USCIS Focuses on H-1B Visa Abuse

    || 15-Jun-2017

    On April 13, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a press release entitled, Putting American Workers First: USCIS Announces Further Measures to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse. In this release, the USCIS announced the “multiple measures” the agency will be employing to deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. The purpose of the H-1B visa program is to ...
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  • Obtaining an Occupational License After a DWI

    || 14-Jun-2017

    In Texas, when people are convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) on a first-offense, they face a 180-day driver’s license suspension. For most everyday citizens, they can’t afford to lose their driving privileges for six months. After all, Texas is a BIG state and it’s very difficult to drive to and from work and take care of one’s family without a valid ...
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  • DWI with a Child Passenger

    || 13-Jun-2017

    Most licensed drivers in Texas are well-aware of the fact that it’s against the law to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. After all, driving under the influence can lead to an arrest for driving while intoxicated (DWI), which is punishable by up to a $2,000 fine, up to 180 days in jail, and by a one-year driver’s license suspension (for a first offense). What a lot of ...
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  • Social Media & Gang Activity

    || 12-Jun-2017

    If you are a resident of Texas, you are probably well-aware of the fact that gangs are prevalent in the state. In light of that, we turned to the 2015 National Gang Report (NGR), which provides an overview of current gang-related trends throughout the United States. We found the information in this report very interesting, especially as it pertains to the use of social media to facilitate ...
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  • Schizophrenia & SSD

    || 8-Jun-2017

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves.” The NIMH goes on to say that those with schizophrenia appear as if they have “lost touch with reality.” The symptoms of schizophrenia generally appear between the ages of 16 and 30-years-of-age, according ...
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  • Terroristic Threat Charges in Texas

    || 7-Jun-2017

    It’s a fact of life – not everyone gets along. Sometimes, personalities will clash, things will get heated and words will be said. Unfortunately, when things get out of hand and the words exchanged become threatening, the person who made the threats can face criminal charges under Section 22.04 of the Texas Penal Code, terroristic threat. An individual commits an offense under Sec. ...
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  • Is Community Supervision the Same as Probation?

    || 6-Jun-2017

    If you’re a resident of Texas, you may have heard the term “ community supervision ” before. Is it the same as probation ? Yes, as a matter of fact it is. In the past, the term was probation; however, nowadays the term used in Texas is community supervision. So, same meaning, different word. Like probation in other states, when someone in Texas is granted community supervision, ...
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  • Penalties for Intoxication Manslaughter

    || 5-Jun-2017

    While drunk and drugged driving are issues that plague every state, Texas has a significant problem with people driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and this includes lawfully prescribed medications. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, “About every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol.” Clearly, one injury or life ...
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  • Overseas Travel Checklist

    || 1-Jun-2017

    Are you planning on travelling overseas? If so, your trip will require careful planning. You’ll want to make sure you take into consideration local laws and customs, medical care, recommended vaccinations, and even the customs in the country that you are visiting. If you’re female, disabled, or a member of the LGBTI community, you “may face additional challenges when ...
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