a felony conviction does not categorically bar you from obtaining a passport. This
document simply identifies you as a U.S. citizen and does not contain any
indicators about your criminal background. There are, however, specific
situations in which individuals with felony convictions will be unable to get a
passport. For instance, if you have a conviction for drug trafficking that you
committed while in another country, federal law would prohibit you from getting
if you are on supervised release, probation, or parole for a criminal offense
and one of its terms prevents you from leaving the country, you will be unable
to obtain a passport. You also will be unable to get a passport if you are
currently participating in a supervised release program for a felony conviction
for possession or distribution of a controlled substance.
you currently are under federal arrest or subject to a federal subpoena, you
also cannot get a passport to travel outside the country. Likewise, if the
federal government has identified you as a severe threat to national security,
or a judge otherwise has forbidden you from leaving the country, a passport
will be unavailable to you.
if you already have a passport, the U.S. government can revoke it at any time
if you fall into one of these categories of people. If your passport is
flagged, you could encounter difficulties if you attempt to leave or re-enter
Finally, many countries, including Canada and Mexico, will not admit individuals with a felony conviction in their country for any reason. In this case, even if you have a valid passport, you may not be able to travel anywhere using that passport.
An experienced Texas criminal defense attorney can help you build a strong defense against any criminal charges. We are here to evaluate the facts surrounding your case and explore your options. We then can help you make the decisions that are mostly like to be beneficial to you, based on your situation. Contact Peek & Toland at (512) 474-4445 today and see how we can help.
one of its latest attempts to limit eligibility for public benefits for legal
immigrants, the Trump Administration recently announced a new hurdle for
prospective immigrants. Under the new rule, immigrants will not qualify for
family-based immigration visas unless they can show proof that they will have
insurance coverage within 30 days of coming to the U.S. Alternatively, they can
show evidence that they have sufficient funds to pay for their medical needs. Immigrants
can purchase qualifying insurance policies through their employers or
individually, but they cannot use Medicaid or subsidized policies purchased
using the Affordable Care Act.
Press is reporting that in response to this new rule, seven
U.S. citizens filed suit in Portland, Oregon, against the federal government
with the assistance of the Justice Action Center, the American Immigration
Lawyers Association, and the Innovation Law Lab. All these citizens are seeking
to bring family members to the U.S., including some trying to bring their
foreign spouses to live with them.
rule provides no standards about the amount of money or the type of proof that
immigrants must show to prove that they can afford to pay for their medical
care. As a result, the plaintiffs claim that the rule would block almost
two-thirds of all prospective immigrants from coming to the U.S. In their
lawsuit, the plaintiffs also contend that the policy would drastically reduce
or even eliminate the family-based immigration system as it currently exists.
efforts by the Trump Administration to limit the use of public benefits by
legal immigrants have run into roadblocks as courts have blocked those rules
from going into effect. Nonetheless, the Trump Administration continues to seek
other ways to achieve its goal of moving the current family-based legal
immigration system to a merit-based immigration system.
This rule had met a similar fate as the other rules involved in ongoing litigation by early November. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon granted a nationwide temporary restraining order that prevented the rule from going into effect on November 3, 2019. In his ruling, Simon found that the Trump Administration likely had overstepped its executive authority in issuing the rule because it conflicts with the Immigration and Nationality Act in determining which immigrants are eligible to apply for available visas.
The immigration lawyers of Peek & Toland have handled the immigration cases of countless individuals and businesses facing immigration-related issues. We are here to protect your rights and advocate on your behalf to get the outcome that you are seeking. Call our office today at (512) 474-4445 to set up an appointment with our immigration attorneys.
Pen. Code § 29.02, individuals commit robbery if they commit
theft and intend to obtain or maintain control over the stolen property, and in
doing so, they:
Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly
cause bodily injury to others
Intentionally or knowingly threaten or
place others in fear of imminent bodily injury or death
Some common actions that are likely to
constitute robbery under state law include purse snatching, muggings, carjackings,
and home invasions. Individuals can face a robbery conviction even if they do
not complete or carry out the theft of the items that are the focus of the
Robbery is a second-degree felony under
Texas law. A conviction for a second-degree felony such as robbery can result
in a prison sentence ranging from two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
In contrast, aggravated robbery is a
first-degree felony in the state of Texas. Tex.
Pen. Code § 29.03 provides that aggravated robbery occurs
when individuals do any of the following in committing robbery:
Causes serious bodily injury to others,
Uses or exhibits a deadly weapon, or
Causes physical harm to others or
threatens or places them in fear of imminent bodily injury or death, and the
person is 65 years of age or older, or disabled
Under this section, a disabled person is
one who has a mental, physical, or developmental disability who is
substantially unable to protect himself or herself from harm.
The prison sentence for a person who is
convicted of aggravated robbery can be between five and 99 years if the person
has no prior criminal history. Individuals convicted of this offense also can
be ordered to pay a fine of up to $10,000.
A felony robbery or aggravated robbery
conviction also can have other repercussions. Even after you have served your
sentence, you face the loss of some civil rights, such as the right to carry
firearms. You also will have a permanent felony conviction that can make
finding employment and housing far more challenging.
When you are facing any criminal charges
in the state of Texas, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent your
interests. Contact Peek & Toland at (512) 474-4445 today
and set up an appointment to speak with our legal team.
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