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What Is Wage Theft and How Does It Affect Immigrants?

An honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. It has been a maxim of American life for as long as this nation has existed. Yet for many in this country, the wages they have rightfully earned for their hard work are fraudulently kept back by their employers. This is even more likely for immigrants… read more

What You Should Know About Plea Bargains

Most criminal cases are settled via the plea bargain process. The plea bargain is an agreement reached between the prosecutor and the defendant during a case in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty or no contest to the charges in exchange for a lighter sentence or lesser charges. While there are a number of… read more

Do You Have to Speak to a Detective After the Charges Are Dropped?

Anyone arrested for a crime should retain a defense attorney as soon as possible, ideally before they face formal charges. When the police arrest a suspect they must “mirandize” the suspect, and grant a detained or arrested citizen certain other civil rights, which are important to understand, as they may play a part in later… read more

When to Call the Police for a Domestic Dispute

Families and spouses get into arguments and even heated altercations every day. In some situations, a domestic dispute can disturb neighbors to the point where they wonder whether or not to call the police. It’s important to understand the difference between a domestic spat and domestic abuse. The determining factor for anyone wondering whether or… read more

Can You Have a Loaded Gun in Your Car in Texas?

The Second Amendment protects Americans’ rights to keep and bear firearms, and state laws vary widely on the restrictions and liberties facing gun owners in each state. Texas has some of the most lenient gun laws in the United States, and gun owners enjoy a wide range of freedoms concerning their Second Amendment rights. However,… read more

What Is the Child Status Protection Act?

According to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), individuals younger than the age of 21 are “children.” They qualify for immigration statuses under their parents’ citizenship statuses, visas, and green cards. Under old laws, dependents needed to secure their own permanent resident status before turning 21 and aging out of the “child” status eligibility protections…. read more

Can I Get Deported for Shoplifting?

Shoplifting is taken seriously in U.S. stores. They will prosecute individuals for even the smallest of theft offenses. For immigrants, shoplifting represents a real deportation risk. While not all shoplifters face deportation, the act will increase the likelihood of immigration issues. An arrest alone can warrant a residency adjustment denial. A conviction can, in certain… read more

What Immigrants Need to Know After Hurricane Harvey

At the end of August, Hurricane Harvey displaced around 13 million people in Texas and Louisiana, including citizens and undocumented residents. Houston alone is home to an estimated 600,000 undocumented immigrants who are struggling with how to handle the aftermath of the storm. The massive storm made history. It caused catastrophic flooding and damage that… read more

What Happens with the Repeal of DACA?

With hashtags like #defendDACA and #StandWithDREAMers circulating around social media, it’s hard to miss the news that President Trump has opted to repeal DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The White House announced that DACA, a program the Obama administration created in 2012, is illegal and will end after a six-month grace period wherein… read more

Criminal Charges for Looting and Burglary During Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey may have passed, but its repercussions are still affecting thousands throughout Texas. It is a sad reality that some people will use a natural disaster for their own personal gain. Cases of looting and burglary in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are proof that some people have no boundaries when it comes to… read more