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Blog Posts in October, 2017

  • Your Right to a Defense Attorney

    || 31-Oct-2017

    If you’re facing criminal charges for the first time in Texas, you may not know much about criminal procedure and your rights to a defense attorney. As the accused, you have certain rights in a criminal prosecution that cannot be taken away from you, at least not legally. One such right is the “right to representation by counsel,” which is covered under Article 1.051 of the Code ...
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  • Substance Abuse and Crime

    || 30-Oct-2017

    According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. ( NCADD ), “The use of alcohol and drugs can negatively affect all aspects of a person’s life, impact their family, friends and community, and place an enormous burden on American society.” The NCADD goes on to say, “One of the most significant areas of risk with the use of alcohol and drugs is the ...
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  • What is Naturalization?

    || 26-Oct-2017

    If you’re an immigrant who is interested in becoming a United States citizen, you’ve probably come across the term “naturalization.” However, you may not fully understand the meaning of this word. After all, plenty of U.S. citizens are not sure what it means. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), “Naturalization is the process by which U.S. ...
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  • Are DWI Checkpoints Legal in Texas?

    || 25-Oct-2017

    According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), a total of 37 states conduct DWI checkpoints, also known as DUI and sobriety checkpoints. A sobriety or DWI checkpoint is a location where local police officers set up to check drivers for signs of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; however, officers also use checkpoints to look for people who are driving on suspended ...
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  • Penalties for Underage DWI in Texas

    || 24-Oct-2017

    Are you under the age of 21? Or, are you a parent who has a son or daughter who is under 21, the legal drinking age? If your answer is “Yes” to either question, you’ll be interested in learning about Texas’ laws as they pertain to underage drinking and driving while intoxicated (DWI). Read on to get your questions answered. For starters, let’s take a look at the ...
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  • Sealing Juvenile Records in Texas

    || 23-Oct-2017

    Youth are known for making mistakes. Sometimes, it’s because of peer pressure. Sometimes, it’s because a youth doesn’t understand the consequences of their choices. Sometimes, a teenager is simply bored and has nothing better to do. Other times, young people can live in a bad neighborhood and joining a gang is a “normal” part of growing up in the area where they live, ...
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  • Can I Get Disability if I Work?

    || 19-Oct-2017

    Suppose you are disabled, but you’re still managing to hold down a job – though it’s been very difficult. You’re in pain every day and you’re afraid that if you keep working, your body will “give out” on you. You want to quit, but you’re afraid if you do, you’ll end up penniless or destitute, or both. You are seriously considering applying for ...
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  • Most Popular Drugs in Texas

    || 18-Oct-2017

    According to the California Department of Justice Bureau of Investigation, “Drug trends are constantly changing” and they are influenced by a number of factors, such as the laws, social media, socio-economics, the area where a person lives, and attitudes toward drug use. So, to look at the substance abuse trends here in Texas, we turned to 2016 data published by the University of Texas ...
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  • Polygraphs in Texas Criminal Investigations

    || 17-Oct-2017

    Criminal polygraph examinations, also known as “lie detector tests” are considered useful investigative tools to support criminal investigations. To local police officers and detectives, polygraphs help them eliminate or include criminal suspects in criminal investigations. For example, if a suspect were to pass a polygraph with “flying colors,” it can help the police rule ...
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  • Prescriptions Can Lead to a DWI

    || 16-Oct-2017

    In August, Consumer Reports published an article entitled, “Too Many Meds? America’s Love Affair With Prescription Medication.” According to Consumer Reports, “The total number of prescriptions filled by all Americans, including adults and children has increased by 85 percent over two decades, while the total U.S. population has increased by only 21 percent.” ...
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  • Considering U.S. Citizenship?

    || 12-Oct-2017

    As a lawful permanent resident ( Green Card holder ), you enjoy many of the same rights as U.S. citizens, but not all of them. If you have created a life in the United States, you may want to seriously consider becoming a U.S. citizen, especially if you’ve started a family (or plan to), and you don’t see yourself moving back to your home country. There is no question – ...
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  • Unlawful Restraint Charges in Texas

    || 11-Oct-2017

    A lot of people are familiar with the concept of “kidnapping,” which refers to abduction and keeping a person against their will – not letting the victim move freely. Under Title 5, Chapter 20 of the Texas Penal Code, kidnapping is one crime and “unlawful restraint” is a separate offense. For the purpose of this post, we’re going to discuss the crime of unlawful ...
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  • Crash-Related License Suspensions in Texas

    || 10-Oct-2017

    Under certain circumstances, Texas drivers can have their license suspended after they have been involved in a car crash or auto accident. Essentially, if an uninsured driver is in an accident involving bodily injuries or property damage, he or she can be subject to a driver’s license suspension. “When DPS receives notice an individual has been involved in a crash which resulted in an ...
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  • Penalties for Burglarizing a Vehicle in Texas

    || 9-Oct-2017

    We’re all familiar with people burglarizing vehicles. Perhaps it’s even happened to you within your lifetime. If not, it’s probably happened to a friend or family member. Often, when people break into vehicles they are attempting to steal valuables, such as a purse, a smartphone, a laptop, or shopping bags filled with merchandise. Some people however, have broken into vehicles to ...
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  • Can I Receive SSD for a Short-Term Disability?

    || 5-Oct-2017

    Understandably, disabilities vary in severity and duration. Though an injury or illness may be debilitating and severe, it can be a temporary condition or it can be long-term or permanent. For example, a workplace injury can prevent someone from working, but it may last less than a year. Someone can get into a car accident; the injuries from the crash can prevent the accident victim from working ...
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  • Causes of Intimate Partner Violence

    || 4-Oct-2017

    In Texas, “ domestic violence ” is referred to as “family violence.” Under Section 71.004 of the Texas Family Code, family violence is defined as “an act by a member of a family or household member against another member of the family or household that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably ...
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  • 3 Ways Criminal Cases Are Resolved

    || 3-Oct-2017

    If you are facing criminal charges for the first time in Texas, you probably have a lot of questions and reasonably so. “Will I be incarcerated? Will my case end in a plea deal? Will I have to go to trial?” To help you better understand how criminal cases are processed through the courts, we’re going to dig deeper into plea bargains, open pleas and trials. In Texas, there are ...
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  • Enhanced Penalties for Texas Crimes

    || 2-Oct-2017

    Are you, or someone you love facing criminal charges in Plano, Dallas or anywhere else in Texas? If so, you will be interested in learning how criminal offenses are classified and what factors lead to penalty enhancements. In Texas, criminal offenses are classified into misdemeanors and felonies with felonies being the most serious of the two; the state’s criminal offenses can be found in ...
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