Monthly Archives: May 2014

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 »

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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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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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