Assault is a crime that can result in severe penalties in Texas. If you’ve been accused of assault, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney to represent you. In this post, we summarize Texas assault laws. Texas Laws: Assault An assault has occurred under Texas law when: Someone intentionally or…

Probation and parole are similar though ultimately distinct. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, you may be asking yourself: what is the difference between probation and parole? Probation in Texas Probation is an alternative to jail or prison for people who have been convicted…

Bankruptcy allows indebted consumers and businesses to make a fresh start. However, this start will come at a price. At Simer & Tetens, we receive many calls from the public, and one common question is, “How much does it cost to file for bankruptcy?” Below we will run down the…

You cannot get a quick divorce in Texas. Texas does not divorce people who have just moved to the state, even if they intend to make Texas their new home. Instead, you must meet certain requirements. We will detail the Texas divorce waiting period in this post below. Texas Residency…

Texas is one of a number of states that enforces a stand your ground law. This law essentially allows someone to defend themselves if they feel their life is in danger. However, there is a very fine line on what constitutes self-defense and what is unnecessary force. If you face…

If you face a DWI charge in Texas, it means that the courts claim that you drove while intoxicated. Before they charged you, the state took a measurement of your blood alcohol level, or BAC. This will determine whether you were too intoxicated to drive or not. Texas has the…

Provided you qualify, it is fairly straightforward to apply for a work permit in the United States. A U.S. work permit is also called an employment authorization document, or EAD. The EAD application is a one-page form, and you attach your supporting documentation and submit everything to the United States…

If you received a notice for Immigration Court or you have an immigration hold pending, it’s imperative you contact a Texas immigration attorney right away. Experienced immigration attorneys know the best legal remedies to defend you against deportation. Here is how to avoid deportation: Cancellation of Removal A cancellation of…

People in Texas who have filed for bankruptcy should know which steps to take to rebuild their credit score. According to NerdWallet, a bankruptcy will stay on someone’s credit score for up to 10 years. This, of course, adversely affects the consumer’s score. However, rebuilding that score is not impossible…

In the recent case of In re Ragos, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the bankruptcy court’s ruling that Social Security benefits can be excluded when calculating disposable income and projected disposable income available to creditors in a Chapter 13 plan. Bankruptcy protection under Chapter 13 is available to individuals with regular income whose…