January 10, 2018

If I have a green card, do I need to apply for US citizenship?

By Ray Scheetz

While some people are in too much of a hurry to apply for US citizenship, most green card holders have no idea that they qualify for US citizenship or do not know how to go about it.  As a legal resident of the US – permanent or conditional, you already have your green card.  The

January 6, 2018

Drunk Driver Smashes into Residential Home in Iowa

By Ray Scheetz

drunk driving, DUI, DWI, criminal defence, lawyer

An alleged drunk driver faces criminal charges for DUI after careening off the road and smashing into a residential home in Iowa, according to an article by KWQC. This accident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. on November 10, 2017, in Scott County.  The driver was attempting to execute a turn.  Instead, the driver plowed into

December 14, 2017

Examining U.S. Immigration Statistics

By Ray Scheetz

Every three months, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) releases a report with up-to-date statistics on U.S. immigration.  Prepared by the DHS’ Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS), this report provides recent figures on lawful permanent residents, refugee arrivals, and naturalizations, among others. Lawful Permanent Residents In their report, the OIS provides a breakdown of how

December 7, 2017

How Many People are Wrongfully Convicted in the United States?

By Ray Scheetz

It’s a very difficult question to answer, for many reasons.  To help answer this question, we can begin by reviewing a reliable resource with data on convictions and exonerations for criminal offenses.  One such entity is the National Registry of Exonerations (NRE), a joint project between several law schools. What is the National Registry of

October 30, 2017

What is the Shifting Landscape of DACA Immigration?

By Ray Scheetz

An immigration program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been featured prominently in the news of late.  Today we will explore the presently shifting landscape for the DACA program. What is DACA? Created on June 15, 2012, the U.S. Government rolled out the DACA program to protect the interests of children who were

September 28, 2017

Drunk Driving Laws in Iowa Explained

By Ray Scheetz

DOI, lawyer, DWI, attorney

It can happen to anyone.  You have a few too many drinks at dinner or a party.  Then you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror on the drive home.  If the police officer suspects intoxication, you may be charged with a DUI and face severe penalties. Given the grave consequences of a DUI, everyone

September 10, 2017

Why You Might Need a Criminal Defense Attorney if You Have a Green Card

By Ray Scheetz

Like any of the nearly 13 million individuals arrested each year in the United States, those who are arrested and are lawful permanent residents (i.e. green card holders) of the U.S. should seek the counsel of an experienced green card criminal defense attorney.  Often times green card holders can face additional punishment compared to citizens of the United

September 5, 2017

Five Questions to Ask When Searching for an Immigration Attorney

By Ray Scheetz

Immigrants are the lifeblood of our nation, and to this day nearly 15% of the U.S. population is made up of immigrants.  However, immigrating to the United States can be one of the more difficult things an individual can do.  The length of the strenuous immigration process and the ever changing immigration landscape in this country makes

August 17, 2017

Trump Administration Proposes to Reduce Immigration

By Ray Scheetz

President Trump backed a bill that would reduce legal immigration by restricting entry of foreign family members into the United States, according to an article by The New York Times.  This change to existing family immigration laws applies to both American citizens petitioning for their family members to live in the U.S., and legal permanent

August 7, 2017

What is Mandatory Minimum Sentencing?

By Ray Scheetz

According to the United States Sentencing Commission, nearly 60% of federal offenders were convicted of a crime that carries a minimum mandatory sentence. This means that the individuals were convicted of a crime for which the law mandates the offender serve a certain sentence. These minimums are strictly enforced on those who have been convicted

August 2, 2017

Stopped by Police, Suspected Drunk Driving?

By Ray Scheetz

It can happen to anyone:  You have had one too many drinks and you get behind the wheel and head home.  Before you know it, blue and white lights are flashing in your rearview mirror and you know what is about to happen.  This can be an extremely nerve-wracking experience, and you may begin to

July 25, 2017

How to Prepare for the Spouse Visa Interview

By Ray Scheetz

Applying for a spouse visa for a foreign citizen involves countless steps and forms to navigate.  There are different processes for different situations – this article deals with the situation where the foreign spouse resides outside of the United States, the US citizen resides in the United States, and the US citizen has filed Form

July 24, 2017

Was Your Spouse’s Visa Refused? Here’s What to Do Next

By Ray Scheetz

As the Trump Administration continues to roll out sweeping immigration reform tensions are high for families who are concerned about being split up due to lack of immigration status. For couples that are married and only one spouse is a United States citizen, it is common to believe that the spouse seeking an immigration visa will likely

June 8, 2017

What is the Difference Between State and Federal Crime?

By Ray Scheetz

Americans are used to hearing the words ‘state crime’ and ‘federal crime’ thrown around on the news.  Many do not bat an eye at the differing terms, only passing the terminology off as legal banter, however, it is extremely important to understand the difference between state and federal crime.  State and federal courts are the

June 4, 2017

What You Need to Know About Your Miranda Rights

By Ray Scheetz

Almost everyone is familiar with the idea of Miranda Rights from their favorite television show or their high school civics class.  Americans are generally familiar with the fact that all citizens are entitled to “be read their rights.”  It is common for people to assume that if they have been arrested and were not read

April 24, 2017

Why You Need an Immigration Lawyer

By Ray Scheetz

Are you a business owner seeking to hire or retain a foreign born employee?   Are you a United States citizen who wants to marry someone who lives outside of the United States?  Are you seeking to become a United States citizen?  These common situations involving immigration, and many others, often require the assistance of an

April 13, 2017

What is a “Sanctuary City” and Why Does it Matter?

By Ray Scheetz

“Sanctuary city” is an informal term used to describe cities or jurisdictions where local law enforcement does not cooperate with federal immigration authorities regarding the enforcement of civil immigration laws.  The majority of the controversy with sanctuary cities centers around federal government Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) detainers requesting local law enforcement to hold individuals

April 3, 2017

Applying for a Visitor Visa to the U.S. – is it really difficult?

By Ray Scheetz

Anyone looking to visit the United States will typically need to acquire an entry visa to be allowed in the country.  In 2014, nearly 75 million people from around the world visited the United States, most of whom did so on a short-term basis. The most common short-term visas are known as the “B” visitor

March 25, 2017

Can You Get Your Green Card Through a Family Member?

By Ray Scheetz

In the United States, obtaining a permanent resident card—also known as a green card—is vital for individuals who seek to legally reside in the country for an extended period. An individual with a permanent resident card can live and work inside the United States on a permanent basis. Securing permanent residency is also a critical

March 13, 2017

The New Trump Travel Ban

By Ray Scheetz

The White House’s updated travel ban is set to take effect on March 16, 2017.  The ban comes as a revision to the previous executive order by President Trump.  The initial travel ban sparked widespread controversy and was ultimately enjoined by the United States federal courts in early February.  The main principle behind the travel