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Blog Posts in May, 2017

  • Probation Revocation in Texas

    || 31-May-2017

    If you are on probation and the District Attorney files a Motion to Revoke Probation, it means the prosecutor believes that you have violated one or more of your terms of probation, and they are trying to get you arrested so you can be incarcerated in jail or prison. It’s the prosecutor’s way of saying, “You already got probation as a second chance, but now you’ve messed up ...
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  • Texas DWI & Job Applications

    || 30-May-2017

    A driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction undoubtedly can have an impact on a person’s employment opportunities. If you were arrested or convicted of DWI in Texas, you may be wondering, “Do I have to disclose my DWI on job applications?” The answer – it depends. Some applications ask about arrests and convictions. On the other hand, some applications ask only about ...
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  • Family Violence & Firearms in Texas

    || 29-May-2017

    Texans are notorious for enjoying their gun rights, and for many people in the Lone Stare State, gun ownership is a way of life – it’s almost a “badge of honor.” Aside from being a convicted felon, can anything compromise a person’s gun rights? Yes, absolutely, especially if a gun owner has an active protective order against him or her for “family ...
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  • SSD & Medicare Benefits

    || 25-May-2017

    You’ve probably heard about Medicare, but you may not know what it is exactly. Our government created Medicare so people age 65 and older would have access to health insurance. Medicare also provides health insurance to people who are under the age of 65, but who have permanent kidney failure, Lou Gehrig’s disease, or certain disabilities. Medicare is an important program that helps ...
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  • Why It's Hard to Qualify for Legal Aid in Texas

    || 24-May-2017

    Are you facing criminal charges in Texas? If so, you may be wondering, “Do I qualify for a public defender?” If you are indigent, or “very poor,” you may qualify for a public defender, but if you have a job, own a home, or have any measurable assets, there is a good chance that you will not qualify for any legal aid. According to the Texas Judicial Branch, “funding ...
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  • Penalties for 'Retaliation' in Texas

    || 23-May-2017

    Suppose a crime was committed. The victim spoke to the police, and now the perpetrator of the crime is threatening the witness to “drop charges.” In Texas, when somebody threatens a victim to drop charges, he or she is obstructing justice and may be found guilty of retaliation under Section 36.06 of the Texas Penal Code. Whenever a victim is threatened by the accused, he or she is ...
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  • FAQs About the Texas Criminal Process

    || 22-May-2017

    Were you recently arrested for a crime in Plano, Dallas, or anywhere else in Texas? If this is your first run-in with the “wrong side of the law,” you probably have questions, and understandably so. In order to help you better understand the criminal process in Texas, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers. If after reading this list, you need further ...
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  • Temporary Work Visas: An Overview

    || 18-May-2017

    Are you a non-U.S. citizen who would like to enter the United States and work here temporarily? If that’s the case, you will need to obtain a visa before coming to the U.S. For foreigners who wish to work in the U.S. for a temporary period of time, they need one of the two following visas: 1) a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or 2) an immigrant visa for permanent residence. The ...
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  • About the Dallas County Jail

    || 17-May-2017

    Are you interested in learning about the Dallas County Jail? If so, perhaps your loved one was recently arrested and they’re being detained there. Or, perhaps you have an interest in the criminal justice system and want to know more about the Jail. Either way, we’re going to explain what the Jail is used for, and we are also going to touch upon a few other local detention facilities. ...
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  • Sentencing Enhancements for Gang-Related Crime

    || 16-May-2017

    As Texans are well-aware, the state is no stranger to gang violence, and Dallas is no exception. On Oct. 29, 2016, WFAA (News 8) published an article entitled, Dallas struggling to combat gang violence. In the article, Wes Melton, who left the department shortly before being interviewed by News 8, had spent part of 2016 trying to prove that many of the murders in Dallas were gang-related. In fact, ...
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  • Accidents Involving Personal Injury or Death

    || 15-May-2017

    As a driver, you’re well aware that it’s against the law to intentionally injure or kill someone with your vehicle. To do so, would be a form of murder. But, what if you are in a collision and someone else is seriously injured or killed and you don’t stick around? Can you face criminal penalties under Texas law? For starters, whenever you are in any type of collision in Texas, ...
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  • Understanding Social Security Disability

    || 11-May-2017

    The Social Security Disability (SSD) program is designed to provide much-needed benefits to individuals who have a serious disability that will prevent them from working for at least 12 months, or who have a condition that will result in death. Not every disabled person qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits; in order to qualify for SSD benefits, you must have worked for a certain ...
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  • Intoxication Manslaughter Charges in Texas

    || 10-May-2017

    In Texas and across the nation, it’s common knowledge that it’s against the law to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even lawfully prescribed prescription medications. The crime of Driving While Intoxicated or DWI is covered under Section 49.04 of the Texas Penal Code. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, “About every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is ...
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  • Why Plea Bargains Are So Common

    || 9-May-2017

    Plea bargains benefit judges, prosecutors, criminal defendants, and even American taxpayers. Judges are motivated to accept plea bargains because they ease the burden on the courts’ crowded calendars. In reality, judges are dealing with a backlog of cases, and simply don’t have the time to give every case the attention it deserves. Prosecutors are dealing with similar issues as judges. ...
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  • Disqualifiers for Collin County's Diversion Program

    || 8-May-2017

    If you are facing criminal charges for the first time in Plano or anywhere else in Collin County, certainly you’re hoping to beat your charges, and if that doesn’t happen, you’re hoping to minimize the consequences of a conviction as much as humanely possible. If the odds are stacked against you; for example, if you were caught “red handed” or the police have a strong ...
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  • Can I Be Deported for Domestic Violence?

    || 4-May-2017

    In Texas, it’s against the law to physically abuse your family members. While it may be socially and culturally acceptable to punish one’s spouse or child in many other countries, that does not mean it’s acceptable here in the United States. In the last 40 years, our culture has increasingly changed its attitude towards family violence. In the 1950s, for example, what would be ...
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  • Marijuana Still Illegal in Texas

    || 3-May-2017

    If you are a marijuana supporter, like many people are, you have probably been watching the news and possibly even reading articles about marijuana legalization. As of today, 21 different states have decriminalized certain marijuana possession offenses. Some of those states include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, and Ohio. So, what does ...
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  • Consequences of a Military DWI

    || 2-May-2017

    It’s not uncommon for people to drink in the military. The problem is, if a service member is arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas, there will be some serious consequences that impact many aspects of their military life; for example, a reduce in rank. The U.S. Army published an article about an Army noncommissioned officer whose military career was affected after getting ...
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  • What is Bail?

    || 1-May-2017

    If you, or someone you love is facing criminal charges for the first time, soon you will learn about bail. What is bail, and what does it have to do with criminal defendants? In Texas, bail is covered under Title 1, Chapter 17 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Under Art. 17.01, bail is defined as “the security given by the accused that he will appear and answer before the proper court the ...
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