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US immigration law: Do you know your rights?

If you want to incite debate at a gathering of friends, family members or co-workers, the mere mention of U.S. immigration law will likely do the trick. It's definitely a controversial topic, with most Texas residents having strong opinions regarding immigration-related issues.

Whether you are a newcomer in the United States or have been living and working here for years, you can no doubt relate to how stressful it can be to encounter legal status challenges. Unfortunately, many people have experienced situations that prove that being a naturalized U.S. citizen doesn't guarantee that you will not face legal obstacles at some point. That's why it's so important to know how to protect your rights.

What should you do after a serious car accident?

A car accident is both frightening and overwhelming. When you got in your vehicle and left your house, you certainly weren't expecting to be in a motor vehicle accident. You may not know what to do next or how you can move forward from this point. There are certain steps you will want to take in the next few hours and days to ensure that you protect your interests.

What happens after a collision does matter. When you know how to protect yourself, it can help you have a stronger case if you decide to move forward with a civil claim in the near future. The aftermath of a crash is not easy to navigate, but you do not have to walk through it alone. You deserve an explanation of your legal options and to seek to hold liable parties accountable for your pain and suffering. 

Spinal cord injuries can be financially devastating

Life seldom goes as planned, and like everyone else, you have probably adjusted to many unexpected changes over the years. You may have found some meaning in the disappointments that came your way and struggled through the hard times, aiming for the light at the end of the tunnel. However, nothing could have prepared you for the accident that left you with a spinal cord injury.

A spinal cord injury almost always means partial or total paralysis. This condition has almost certainly left you with many concerns about your future. You may also have questions about the type of care you will require and the health issues you will face as a result of your injury. Among the practical matters you will be facing, paying for the medical treatment and other necessities may be high on your list.

Deciding to go to the ER after a car crash is not always easy

Whether a Texas car accident is considered a minor fender-bender or if vehicles end up totaled, serious injuries could result from either type, along with any in between. Some people may think that they do not need medical attention after a car accident, especially one that was relatively minor. However, it is not always easy to tell when something is wrong immediately after a crash.

You may feel shaken up after a car accident, which is understandable, and you may not want to jump to conclusions about whether you suffered injuries. After all, you may worry about the medical expenses that can come along with a trip to the ER and do not want to go unnecessarily. However, in some cases, it is not possible to avoid the emergency room because of serious injuries.

Even minor car accident injuries disrupt your life

After a motor vehicle collision, you may be fortunate to learn you escaped with a few bumps and bruises or, at worst, a broken bone. This may be a slight setback with some minor inconveniences, and you will be back to normal in a day or two. However, if your accident is more serious, you may end up facing a long and painful recovery.

While every accident is different and no two outcomes are the same, first responders and emergency room teams frequently see similar injuries from car crashes. If you are involved in a serious accident, the kind and severity of the injuries you suffer will determine the focus and quality of your life for the foreseeable future.

ICE's Rapid REPAT offers early release with conditions

If you follow the news at all, you have heard of ICE, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is the agency responsible for detaining and removing those foreign nationals who are in the country unlawfully. ICE receives a great deal of media coverage for its raids to capture and deport immigrants unlawfully present here. While this is only part of the work of this agency, if you encounter ICE, you are right to have concerns for your future.

One program supported by ICE agents is the Rapid Removal of Eligible Parolees Accepted for Transfer program. If you are in the U.S. without documentation and facing charges for a non-violent crime, you should be aware of the option provided through the Rapid REPAT program. You would be wise to discuss with an attorney whether this program will benefit you.

Criminal charges can lead to your removal

No matter your reasons for coming to the United States, by now you have built a life for yourself. Perhaps your visa provided you with a good job or an opportunity to study at a Texas university. Maybe you obtained a green card through a family member. In any case, you certainly understand the importance of appreciating your rights and protecting your status, especially in the current political climate.

Nevertheless, things happen. You make a mistake or find yourself in the wrong place or with the wrong people. You may have had little control over the circumstances that lead to your arrest, but the cold fact is that your status in the U.S. is now at risk.

Think you can afford a DWI?

A night out may be something you look forward to during a long, difficult work day. Your idea of such a night may be taking a six-pack to a friend's house or singing karaoke at your favorite bar. As the evening continues, you can feel your stress fade away.

Unfortunately, if you get behind the wheel after a night of drinking, you may be dealing with more stress than you can imagine. If police arrest you and charge you with driving while impaired, you face the possibility of harsh penalties that may include fines and jail, if convicted. However, the financial impact of a conviction may be something you deal with for many years to come.

When an unexpected death occurs in a Texas collision

If you are among those in Texas who understand what it's like to get a phone call at a random hour informing you that a loved one has been in a car accident, then you may also know what it's like to experience the sudden, unexpected death of a spouse, child or other immediate family member. There is no replacement for the loss of human life. When your loved one died, you may have felt as if someone ripped the ground out from underneath you.

At the same time, you understood that your life will go on without the one you love and that you must somehow pick up the pieces and move on. In the days and weeks that follow the collision that took your loved one's life, such goals may seem impossible. However, there are several things that might help you cope, which other people who have suffered similar tragedies say have proved helpful in their situations.

That drowsy driver in the car next to you might as well be drunk

Getting a good night's sleep may seem like a pipe dream to many McAllen residents, including you. With the stresses of work and family life, sleep may feel more like a luxury than a necessity.

You probably would never consider falling asleep while driving, but you don't have to in order to increase the risk of having an accident. Fatigue alone can make it challenging to drive safely, and you never know how much sleep the driver in the car next to you got last night.

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