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  • Trump Administration Proposes to Reduce Immigration - 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 Continue Reading
  • What is Mandatory Minimum Sentencing? - 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 Continue Reading
  • Stopped by Police, Suspected Drunk Driving? - 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 Continue Reading
  • How to Prepare for the Spouse Visa Interview - 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 Continue Reading
  • Was Your Spouse’s Visa Refused? Here’s What to Do Next - 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 Continue Reading
  • What is the Difference Between State and Federal Crime? - 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 Continue Reading
  • What You Need to Know About Your Miranda Rights - 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 Continue Reading
  • Why You Need an Immigration Lawyer - 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 Continue Reading
  • What is a “Sanctuary City” and Why Does it Matter? - “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 Continue Reading
  • Applying for a Visitor Visa to the U.S. – is it really difficult? - 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 Continue Reading