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Temporary Protection Status for Honduras and Nicaragua

By Peek & Toland on October 20, 2014

The Secretary of Homeland Security recently announced that beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from Honduras and Nicaragua may now extend their protected status for an additional 18 months.

The TPS prevents the deportation of roughly 83,349 Hondurans and 4,275 Nicaraguans. The U.S. initially granted protection to hundreds of thousands in Honduras and Nicaragua in 1998 following a catastrophic hurricane.

This is the twelfth time that the USCIS has renewed the TPS extension so far. Read the rest »

Posted in: Immigration

3 Places that Keep Austin Weird

By Peek & Toland on May 21, 2014

Keep Austin WeirdAll across the United States, there are way too many towns and cities with the same big box stores, chain restaurants, and strip malls, and more seem to be popping up every year. If not a disturbing trend, it’s certainly a boring one. Why does everything have to look the same anyway? Whatever happened to American ingenuity and creativity? This nation needs more out-of-the-box thinking, more excitement, more weird. It needs more places like Austin, Texas.

Weirdness is a point of pride for the citizens of Austin. In fact, a popular slogan that’s thrown around the city is “Keep it weird.” And that they are. You can see all kinds of interesting sights in the capital city, from marvelous natural wonders to a strangely beautiful cathedral made entirely out of junk. Here are some of the weirdest spots in Austin you should check out. Read the rest »

Posted in: Interesting

Occupational Licenses: When You Need to Drive for Work

By Peek & Toland on May 19, 2014

Texas law allows the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to suspend or revoke a driver’s license in certain situations even if the person has not been convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI).  For example, a driver who refuses to take a blood or breath test for alcohol when asked to do so during a traffic stop may have his or her license suspended for at least 180 days, even if no arrest or conviction results from the stop.

An occupational license allows a driver to keep driving in order to go to work or school or to perform essential household chores.  An occupational license may also be granted for certain non-DWI-related reasons, like suspension of a license for surcharges.  However, a license that is suspended, revoked, or denied for medical reasons or for unpaid child support prevents the driver from seeking an occupational license.

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Posted in: DWI

How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with Your Immigration Attorney

By Peek & Toland on May 14, 2014

Your first meeting with your experienced Austin immigration lawyer may be the first time you’ve met with an immigration attorney – or with any lawyer. To ensure the first meeting is productive and that your questions are answered, it helps to prepare for your first meeting.

Here are three ways to prepare for your first meeting with your Texas immigration lawyer:

Give yourself plenty of time. Traffic jams and unexpected events can slow you down, making you late to your meeting and causing frustration and anxiety. Schedule an appointment with your lawyer and give yourself plenty of time to reach the office, especially if you are visiting for the first time. By being on time, you can arrive calm and confident, ready to discuss your needs. Read the rest »

Posted in: Immigration

Understanding Alcohol-Related Criminal Charges for Minors

By Peek & Toland on May 12, 2014

In Texas, as in other U.S. states, the legal age for drinking alcohol is 21 years. Individuals under age 21 who are suspected of driving while intoxicated (DWI) or of other alcohol-related offenses may face different charges and penalties than those who are 21 or older. Regardless of age, however, anyone who is charged with DWI in Austin should seek the help of an experienced Austin, Texas criminal defense attorney.

A “minor,” or person under 21, who is charged with DWI may face penalties even before the case is resolved in court. For instance, the Department of Motor Vehicles may take steps that include: Read the rest »

Posted in: DWI

5 Weird or Fascinating World Records that Were Set in Texas

By Peek & Toland on May 7, 2014

The Guinness World Records is thoroughly comprehensive in that it incorporates any and all kinds of records from around the world. Longest fingernails, biggest cat, most people wearing frog masks (no, that’s not a joke) – if it’s a record, chances are that Guinness has got it.
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Texas, being the “big” state that it is, is bound to have had a few records here or there, right? Yes! In fact, the Lone Star State has boasted more than a few records in the past, most of which were rather odd (as Guinness records tend to be). Today, the records below may have been beaten by some other persistent and perhaps compulsive individuals, but remember that Texas once held the crown for multiple world records! Read the rest »

Posted in: Interesting

Top 3 Most Dangerous Animals in Texas

By Peek & Toland on April 17, 2014

Before you read on, make note of the fact that there is really no malicious intent behind these so-called “dangerous animals” or any other animal for that matter. They operate on instinct, meaning their behavior is for the most part reactive to the environment and their needs.
Texas Criminal DefenseAnimals are generally afraid of humans, seeing as we’re probably the most dangerous and capable species on the planet when it comes down to it, and they only attack when they feel threatened or are in desperate situations. So don’t think that they’re out for murder; they probably don’t even have the cognitive ability to understand such a concept. Just remember to be respectful to nature. As long as you’re not reckless or disruptive while you’re out in the wild, you will most likely go through life without ever being attacked by one of these dangerous animals. Read the rest »

Posted in: Interesting

Get Your Lazy Kids to Help with Spring Cleaning

By Peek & Toland on March 26, 2014

The fridge is full of expired food and strange smells, the floor has some spots and stains, and clouds of dust reveal themselves in the spring sunlight that streams through the windows. It’s about time to engage in some spring cleaning.
Austin Criminal DefenseYou look forward to having an immaculate living space again, but you dread all the work that goes into it. And there your kids are, the ones responsible for the mess, lying around, browsing the internet, playing video games, and just being plain lazy. Whip those kids into shape; have them help around the house! Teach them a valuable lesson on responsibility and lighten the burden of spring cleaning for yourself – that’s two birds with one stone. Here’s how you do it. Read the rest »

Posted in: General

Three Strange Roadside Attractions in Texas

By Peek & Toland on March 12, 2014

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Travelling the many roadways and highways of Texas, you’re bound to come across some cattle ranches, barbecue pits, beautiful expansive fields, and other southern staples. You might be gazing out the car window, perhaps somewhat sleepy from a long trip, when you spot something out of the corner of your eye that makes you do a double take. At first, you might be thinking that you’re going stir crazy from exhaustion, but sure enough, it’s real. Texas is home to many roadside attractions that are inexplicable, unheard of, or just plain bizarre. Read the rest »

Posted in: Interesting

EB-3 Visas: What is a “Skilled Worker”?

By Peek & Toland on March 5, 2014

Workers who wish to pursue their careers in the United States may qualify for an EB-3 visa. According to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS), those who qualify for EB-3 visas include “a skilled worker, professional worker, or other worker.”

The USCIS defines each of these categories as follows:

  • Skilled workers must provide evidence of at least two years of job training or job experience. They must also be doing work for which a suitable candidate is unavailable in the United States. Labor certification and a full-time job offer are required. Read the rest »

Posted in: Visas

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