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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Five Strange and Interesting Facts about Texas

By Peek & Toland on February 28, 2014

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Texas – just the very name evokes images of cattle ranches, cowboys, barbecue, and other things tough and rugged. Ask most people about the Lone Star State’s history and they’ll probably come up with the Alamo and not much else. Although all these things do make up a significant part of the Texan identity, they don’t tell the full story. There’s much more to the southern state than one would think. Read the rest »

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What Should I Do If There is a Warrant Out for My Arrest?

By Peek & Toland on February 24, 2014

In some situations, a person will learn that the police have issued a warrant for his or her arrest before an arrest actually occurs. If you learn there’s a warrant out for your arrest, or if you believe that such a warrant will soon be issued, there are certain steps you should take to protect your legal rights.

If a warrant has been issued for your arrest, do not do anything to hide from police, resist arrest, or obstruct the execution of the warrant. Instead, contact an experienced Austin, Texas criminal defense attorney immediately. Your attorney can give you specific advice tailored to your unique situation, allowing you to better protect your own rights. Read the rest »

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Understanding Guidelines for Deferred Action in Immigration Cases

By Peek & Toland on February 20, 2014

On June 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that certain people may request a deferral of an immigration removal action for up to two years, if they came to the U.S. as children (under the age 16) and meet other requirements. Known as “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” or DACA, this process gives many people who came to the U.S. as children the chance to continue working while they await a pathway to permanent residency in the United States.

A person may seek consideration of deferred action for childhood arrival if the person: Read the rest »

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Eye Tests and DWI Charges: Can the Test Be Trusted?

By Peek & Toland on February 18, 2014

Upon pulling over a driver on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI), many Texas police officers will ask the driver to perform one or more “field sobriety tests.” One common test is known as the “horizontal gaze nystagmus” or “HGN” test. It asks the driver to follow a moving object with his or her eyes. The action of the eyes as they follow the object is supposed to tell the police officer something about the driver’s state of drunkenness – but does it really?

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Many studies have found the HGN test may not be as reliable as many officers believe. One of the main reasons this so-called “sobriety test” should be questioned in every DWI case is that nystagmus, or eye movement, can be caused by many things – not just alcohol. Read the rest »

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Bring Your Valentine to These Romantic Texas Towns

By Peek & Toland on February 13, 2014

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Texas is known for its iconic images of manliness: barbecue, rodeos, ranches, etc. Everybody knows the line, “Everything is bigger in Texas.” And while the southern state definitely lives up to its hyper masculine reputation, it also has a sensitive side. There’s beauty to Texas’ many vistas, ranges, and towns. From the Gulf Coast to the Hill Country, visitors and natives alike can find romantic places to bring their lovers to on Valentine’s Day. Read the rest »

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Will Justin Bieber Face Deportation Charges?

By Peek & Toland on February 12, 2014

Pop star Justin Bieber made headlines recently after being charged in a Florida court on suspicion of drunk driving, driving without a valid license, and resisting arrest. A California prosecutor is determining whether or not to press additional felony vandalism charges against the singer, who is suspected of having egged a house, causing significant damage.

Bieber is a Canadian citizen. Since news of his arrest reached national networks, calls for his deportation have increased, including a petition with more than 100,000 signatures submitted to the White House. Will the pop star face deportation if he is convicted? It’s possible but not likely. Read the rest »

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