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Blog Posts in September, 2017

  • Temporary Protected Status Extended for South Sudan

    || 28-Sep-2017

    According to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), “Since independence on 9 July 2011, South Sudan has struggled with good governance and nation building and has attempted to control rebel militia groups operating in its territory.” The CIA goes on to explain how “economic conditions have deteriorated since January 2012 when the government decided to shut down oil production ...
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  • Drug Offenses & License Suspension in TX

    || 27-Sep-2017

    Most licensed drivers in Texas are well-aware of the fact that a driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction will likely result in a driver’s license suspension. After all, the public is continuously on the receiving end of anti-drinking and driving campaigns. So, it’s a no-brainer: drink and drive and lose your license. What many Texas drivers do not know is that a drug or controlled ...
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  • About Texas Expunctions

    || 26-Sep-2017

    Just about all of us have made a bad mistake before. Sometimes we were at the wrong place at the wrong time, or we misjudged others’ character and spent time with the wrong people. Unfortunately for some individuals, a single mistake can result in a criminal record, which reflects the person’s arrest, criminal charges, or conviction. A criminal record affects many aspects of a ...
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  • What if I Hit an Unattended Vehicle?

    || 25-Sep-2017

    Like other states, Texas imposes a duty upon drivers who are in automobile accidents. When a driver is in a collision, he or she is legally required to stop, pull their vehicle out of traffic if possible, check for any injuries, render aid when necessary (e.g. call an ambulance), and exchange information with the other drivers in the crash. These duties are outlined under Sections 550.022 and ...
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  • Can I Reapply for SSI?

    || 21-Sep-2017

    Suppose you applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) a few years ago and you were denied. You assumed there was nothing else you could do, so you threw in the towel. Now, you are still disabled and your condition has only worsened and you’re wondering, “Can I reapply for SSI even though I was denied?” Yes, you can reapply at any time. In fact, you could have reapplied for ...
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  • How Criminal Sentences Are Determined

    || 20-Sep-2017

    If you are facing criminal charges, you may be wondering, “How are criminal sentences determined?” For starters, to be convicted of a crime, you can plead guilty or a jury can find you guilty. If your case goes to trial and the jury finds you guilty, the jury does not determine your sentence. The judge or magistrate is the one who sentences you. Each criminal statute determines the ...
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  • What Shows Up on Background Checks

    || 19-Sep-2017

    If you are facing criminal charges, you have acquired a “criminal record,” which will turn up on a background check. Even if your case is dismissed or you’re found not guilty, the record of your arrest and your criminal charges will still come up on a background check. You may be concerned that your criminal case will show up on a background check when applying for a job, ...
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  • What is Criminal Restitution?

    || 18-Sep-2017

    When someone is convicted of a crime, they can face various penalties, such as criminal fines, incarceration, a suspended driver’s license, community service, probation, and criminal restitution to name a few. How do criminal fines and criminal restitution differ? A criminal fine is simply a fine imposed as punishment for a crime; the defendant pays the fine to the government. Criminal fines ...
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  • USCIS Alert for Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

    || 14-Sep-2017

    Were you affected by Hurricane Harvey? Or, was your family affected by the hurricane? If so, has the hurricane somehow impacted your immigration proceedings? For example, did you lose your Green Card in the flood? Did you miss a scheduled interview with USCIS because of the Hurricane? Did you miss a biometrics appointment? “USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by ...
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  • Can I Be Deported for a DWI?

    || 13-Sep-2017

    If you’re a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder), you’re probably aware of the fact that you are expected to be on your best behavior in the United States. After all, if you commit a crime of “ moral turpitude ” you can be deported. As long as you are not a U.S. citizen, you can face removal proceedings if you exhibit immoral conduct. So, what about driving while ...
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  • Penalties for Perjury in Texas

    || 12-Sep-2017

    You’re probably familiar with the term “perjury.” Surely, you’ve heard it discussed on television or in film. So, what does it mean exactly? When someone intentionally lies after swearing to tell the truth by a court clerk, notary public, or other such official, they are committing the crime of perjury. While someone can commit perjury while on the stand, it doesn’t ...
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  • Drugged Driving in Texas

    || 11-Sep-2017

    According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs can make driving a car unsafe – just like driving after drinking alcohol.” Very similar to drunk driving, drugged driving places the driver, their passengers, and others on the road at risk of a crash, sometimes a deadly crash. Why is drugged driving dangerous? Because, ...
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  • SSD & the Listing of Impairments

    || 7-Sep-2017

    When people apply for disability, “approval for benefits” is based on a few factors. One, the person’s medical condition must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of a disability. Second, the individual must have worked long enough and paid into the Social Security program. Or, the person worked long enough into the program and their disability qualifies ...
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  • Violent Crimes in Texas Explained

    || 6-Sep-2017

    Generally speaking, crimes are separated into different categories – property crimes, fraudulent crimes, drug crimes, and crimes against the person. Violent crimes, such as assault, sexual assault, aggravated assault and aggravated sexual assault, and criminal homicide are considered to be “crimes against the person.” In Texas, violent crimes include the following offenses: ...
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  • Graffiti is a Crime in Texas

    || 5-Sep-2017

    Graffiti is a type of property crime and in some parts of the country, it’s seen virtually everywhere. From park benches to street signs, to buildings, lockers, railroad cars and even tractor trailers, graffiti can be seen on any available surface. In Texas, the offense of “graffiti” is criminalized under Section 28.08 of the Texas Penal Code. Under Sec. 28.08, a person commits ...
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  • What if I'm Falsely Accused of Family Violence?

    || 4-Sep-2017

    According to the 2008 Crime in Texas Report, the Texas Family Code defines family violence as, “an act by a member of a family or household against another member that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm.” For the purpose of family violence reports and offenses, ...
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