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Importance of Having a Criminal Defense Attorney for Drug Possession Charges

Topics: Criminal Defense

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[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmCW0rGzVos[/embed] Attorney Justin Rodriguez of The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth discusses why it is important to hire an attorney if you have been charged with drug possession.
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What You Should Know About Immigration Now that Donald Trump Has Been Inaugurated

Topics: Immigration

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[embed]https://youtu.be/-Iqa6PkI_U0?list=PLHcMIvvnMvDd8EMp_z6lJ8SjW2m9e4Z8r[/embed] Immigration Attorney, Yesenia Acosta, discusses what you should know about immigration now that Donald Trump has been inaugurated. You can enjoy our video in Spanish or Chinese here:
  • Watch Chinese version here
  • Watch Spanish version here
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Trump Administration May Shake Up H-1B Visa System

Topics: Immigration

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The H-1B visa program has long been a primary method for employers to bring foreign workers to the US to legally work in their businesses. The program distributes 85,000 visas annually to employees who work in “specialty occupations” (including biotechnology, architecture, engineering, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, law, accounting, and the arts, among others) and who meet the requirements for the visa, which include a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a license to practice in the area, if necessary. Changes may be coming to the H-1B visa program, as the new Trump Administration has indicated it would like to introduce rules which “prioritize” certain applicants over others.

The Possible Changes to the H-1B System

In a leaked memo obtained by the news site Vox, the Trump administration reportedly is seeking to take steps which would:
  • Prioritize “the interests of American workers” over foreign workers;
  • Limit the ability of spouses of H-1B workers to receive visas;
  • “Restore the integrity of employment-based nonimmigrant worker programs…;” and
  • “Consider ways” to change the H-1B program to make it “more efficient and ensure that beneficiaries of the program are the best and brightest.”
  These points are no doubt vague in what they might mean for employers and employees going forward, but other leaked memos obtained by Vox relating to immigration turned out to be nearly word-for-word counterparts to actual executive orders issued by the Trump administration in its first week, and thus should be taken seriously. The full memo is here.

What Does This Mean for Employers?

What we can take from this, however, is that it would appear that obtaining an H-1B visa will become more challenging and that stricter application requirements will apply, for example increased evidence to show that a foreign worker is among “the best and brightest” in a given field.   With that in mind, employers should not hesitate to take action in working with an experienced immigration attorney sooner rather than later to assess strategic approaches they can take to secure the immigration statuses of needed workers in light of a changing political landscape.

Southern California Immigration Attorneys On Your Side

At the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth, we represent businesses and individuals in immigration matters across Southern California. Our diverse legal team is multilingual and we have offices across the region. Contact us today for a confidential consultation regarding your legal questions relating to immigration or any other issue.
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Preparing for Immigration: Sample Citizenship Questions

Topics: Immigration

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As part of the process of becoming a naturalized citizen in the United States, one of the steps that you will have to take is to pass the Civics Test which will be administered to you orally by an officer of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). There are 100 total questions on the Civics Test, but you will only be asked 10 of these questions, and will be required to provide a correct answer to at least 6 of the 10 questions asked. Note that, while the 100 questions on the Civics Test remain the same, the answers may change based on who is in office at the time that the test is administered. For example, if you are asked, “What is the name of the U.S. Vice President?” you will want to answer “Mike Pence” or simply “Pence” but not “Joe Biden” or “Biden” as Biden is no longer the current Vice President. Below are some sample citizenship questions you can be asked from every category with sample correct answers (note: additional answers may apply in some cases), and you can find a full list here.

American Government: Principles of American Democracy

Q: What is freedom of religion? A: You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion

American Government: System of Government

Q: Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now? A: Kamala Harris (assuming you are in California)

American Government: Rights and Responsibilities

Q: What is one promise you make when you become an American citizen? A: Defend the Constitution and laws of the United States

American History: Colonial Period and Independence

Q: What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for? A: Oldest member of the constitutional convention

American History: 1800s

Q: What did Susan B. Anthony do? A: Fought for women’s rights

American History: Recent American History and Other Important Historical Information

Q: During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States? A: Communism

Integrated Civics: Geography

Q: Name one state that borders Mexico. A: Texas

Integrated Civics: Symbols

Q: What is the name of the national anthem? A: The Star-Spangled Banner

Integrated Civics: Holidays

Q: Name two national US holidays. A: Martin Luther King Day, Columbus Day

Southern California Immigration Attorneys On Your Side

At the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth, we represent individuals and families in a variety of actions across Southern California, including personal injury matters, immigration issues, work injuries and disability claims, and criminal defense. Our diverse legal team is multilingual and we have offices across the region. Contact us today for a confidential consultation regarding your legal questions relating to immigration or any other issue.
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Breaking Down a Large Personal Injury Settlement

Topics: Personal Injury

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You’ve seen the billboards, bus ads, and daytime TV ads for personal injury attorneys which talk about huge personal injury settlements that can go into the millions of dollars. But what goes into such a large settlement, and why are some so high? Below, we break down the basics of the components of a large personal injury settlement.

Current and Future Medical Costs

You are entitled to receive the cost of all medical care and procedures that you have received as a result of your injury as well as all future medical costs. This can include:
  • Hospital visits and stays
  • Doctor visits
  • In-home nursing
  • Rehabilitation
  • Medical devices
  • Prescriptions
As long as it can be shown that the costs you have incurred are due to the injury caused by the defendant, you are entitled to have the defendant pay for those costs. Where things get a bit more complicated is in forecasting future medical costs, as a settlement will generally provide you with a present lump-sum payment meant to cover those future costs. Obviously, you might not know with perfect accuracy what all care you will need over your lifetime or how much it will cost, but an experienced personal injury attorney will thoroughly examine your facts and circumstances and incorporate the recommendations of expert witnesses and caregivers in making a case for future costs.

Pain and Suffering

While medical costs pays you for the expenses you will incur due to your injury, pain and suffering damages are meant to help “make you whole” by compensating you for the emotional ordeal and trauma of having to deal with your injuries. This can include physical pain, stress, sleeplessness, anxiety, and other psychological issues you will experience over your life from the injuries. In a way, it can be hard to put a number on this, and many accident victims would not choose the pain and suffering they have had to endure in exchange for any amount of money, but your personal injury attorney will again work with caregivers and experts to help make a case for your pain and suffering award while looking at awards given in cases similar to yours.

Loss of Income

If you had to miss work for a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months, then the defendant should compensate you for your lost income, even if you receive disability payments. If you are still unable to work at the time that you are negotiating a settlement with the defendant, then you should also be compensated for future lost income as well. You can also be compensated for loss in your earning capacity over your lifetime. For example, if you were delivering pizza for minimum wage when you were struck by a drunk driver, and you were in your final year of law school but suffered traumatic brain injuries which made it impossible for you to work as an attorney, then the defendant could be on the hook not just for the lost time from the delivery job but also the difference between what you can earn going forward and what you would have earned as an attorney.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are those damages awarded by a jury to punish a defendant for especially egregious behavior, and so they would not be part of a settlement, but a defendant may be motivated to accept a higher settlement if there is a high possibility that a jury would make such an award.

Contact a Southern California Personal Injury Attorney Today

Oftentimes, proving fault in a personal injury case is relatively straightforward, but making a compelling case for the maximum amount of damages as described above is highly challenging. Thus, a plaintiff should work with an attorney who has the experience to make the best possible case for maximum compensation in a personal injury settlement. When you work with the legal team at the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth, you can expect a trusted legal advisor and guide at your side. By contacting us as soon as possible after your injury, we can immediately step into action to begin investigating the accident, gathering evidence, and working with your medical provider to build your best case for maximum recovery.