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Special Immigrant Juveniles

Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status is another type of immigration classification available to certain children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by one or both of their parents. Obtaining SIJ status consists of a two-step process. First, the child needs to have a custody order signed by a judge from the state family court…
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ITC’s Liability After Massive Fire at Deer Park Facility

Sunday morning Deer Park police started getting calls for an explosion and fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company’s (ITC) chemical processing facility. Plumes of black smoke billowed from the facility, but police were not able to identify the location of the fire immediately. A chemical tank was the source of the flames but the extent of…
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New Immigration Laws Could Impact International Students

A memo released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) this year may result in many international students who unknowingly violate their immigration status being barred from the United States for 10 years. International students in the country on F, J or M visas now have less leeway regarding unlawful presence, a legal term used…
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High Prostitution Areas in Houston, TX

Most times when Houstonians read about prostitution arrests in the news, it’s from a sting operation or a raid of a massage parlor. People still solicit prostitutes the old fashioned way on the streets, however. In fact, over a two year period, the Houston Police Department has made 3,478 arrests related to prostitution. The number…
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Stalking in Texas: definitions and criminal consequences

Like many Texas residents, you have heard about the term “stalking,” but you may be confused as to what, exactly, qualifies as stalking behavior. Much of what we see on television shows and social media trivializes actual stalking or assigns a humorous aspect to it. For example, a co-worker might jokingly say you are stalking…
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You can still suffer injuries in a low-speed collision

Most of the time, car accidents that make the news involve death or significant injuries. Take the recent case of an eight-year-old girl who suffered severe injuries due to a head-on collision that authorities attributed to distracted driving. Plenty of car accidents occur every day around Texas, but thankfully most of them are not as extreme. They typically involve…
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Steps to take after a motorcycle accident

Motorcycle accidents are extremely dangerous. The rider does not have as much protection as a motorist, but many riders do manage to walk away from these incidents with minimal injuries. Take the recent case of a Texas man who collided with an SUV and walked away with only a few scratches. No matter how you feel directly…
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Protecting your child from heavy furniture and appliances

A few weeks ago, a young girl died when a wall mirror at a Payless ShoeSource store fell on top of her. This tragic incident illustrated the dangers of heavy objects insecurely mounted on walls or within the reach of young children, where they may fall on top of them. It is crucial for you and other Texas…
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The Gonzalez Law Group is Top Sponsor in 29th Annual Race Against Violence 5k

This past weekend, members of The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC demonstrated that efforts to combat injustice in our community do not end at the courthouse! The firm was a top sponsor of the Houston Area Women’s Center’s yearly Race Against Violence 5k (hyperlink it to Funds donated by The Gonzalez Law Group will be…
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