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ICE Agents Arrest 167 in L.A. Area

Topics: Immigration

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Thursday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents announced that an immigration sweep targeting so-called sanctuary jurisdictions was conducted over the previous few days. According to ICE, 167 immigrants were arrested in Los Angeles and surrounding communities. The target of the raids were purportedly undocumented immigrants with criminal records or who had been identified as gang members. ICE stated that Deferred Action Against Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients were not targeted in the raid. Sanctuary jurisdictions, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and every county government in California, limit the cooperation between law enforcement and immigration authorities. There is no clear definition of what a sanctuary city is and policies vary between cities. In the city of Los Angeles, law enforcement will not keep undocumented inmates jailed beyond their release date without a warrant. In the recent raids, more than 450 people were arrested across the country. Of those arrested, about 1 in 3 did not have a criminal record. Read more about this story at the L.A. Times. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Driving Slower than Average on the Freeway? Move Right!

Topics: Auto Accident

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After a drive to Las Vegas, this writer was reminded of perhaps one of the best explainer videos to ever surface. The article, a 2016 feature from Vox, explains "why you shouldn't drive slowly in the left lane". In short, you shouldn't drive slowly in the left lane because it makes traffic worse and more dangerous for everyone. It's also illegal. With the multi-lane freeways of Southern California, the concept of 'right' and 'left' lanes begin to blur. While we expect trucks and slower vehicles to stay in the right lanes, every driver will recognize that this is often not the case. Making matters blurrier for multi-lane freeways is the carpool lane, splits, merges, and even some left-lane exits. But nowhere does the left lane right lane divide appear brighter than between Barstow and Primm on the I-15. With many drivers eager to see the bright lights of Las Vegas and an always plentiful convoy of big rigs, slower vehicles in the left lane can create huge traffic slowdowns and more dangerous driving conditions. It's always best, especially on a two-lane highway, to only use the left lane for passing. If you have been involved in a car accident, contact the injury attorneys at Law Offices of Scott Warmuth at 888-517-9888 for a free consultation.
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DACA Renewal Deadline Rapidly Approaching

Topics: Immigration

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is still in doubt. The program, as it currently stands, is no longer accepting new applications and will cease accepting renewal applications after the stated deadline. DACA recipients, sometimes called Dreamers, who have an existing permit that expires on or before March 5th have the opportunity to renew their status for an additional two years. However, DACA renewal applications must be filed by October 5th, 2017! The DACA program offered certain young, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children protection from deportation and the ability to obtain a work permit.  Since 2012, DACA protections have been issued to about 800,000 immigrants, many of whom have no memories of their home countries. It's estimated that about 150,000 people are eligible to renew their DACA status one last time. Many Dreamers could have a different pathway to permanent residency, but have not had a recent legal consultation to find out about other green card options unrelated to DACA. Right now, the future for Dreamers appears uncertain, but regardless of the program's future it is best to have an immigration attorney review an individual's background for any other immigration benefits that may apply. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth can help Dreamers prepare for all possible outcomes. To schedule a free consultation with an immigration attorney, call 888-517-9888 today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Law Offices of Scott Warmuth Legal Seminar Event

Topics: Events, From Our Office

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This past Saturday, the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth hosted a legal seminar for recent immigrants to the United States.  Our goal was to answer any legal questions attendees may have had about the law in their new home. For a few hours, our firm answered questions about U.S. immigration law, personal injury law, intellectual property law, and criminal law.  Find some photos from the event posted below! We can answer anyone's questions about these areas of law and more.  Call The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth today at 888-517-9888 for a free legal consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2612" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image" css_animation="none"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2613" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image" css_animation="none"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2614" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image" css_animation="none"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2615" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image" css_animation="none"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2616" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image" css_animation="none"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2617" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image" css_animation="none"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Amazon’s 1-Click Technology Patent Expires

Topics: Intellectual Property

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Patents can have a significant effect on a business and its development. At the height of the dotcom bubble, US patent 5,960,411 was granted to a small book retailer that changed the way consumers made online purchases, making an online transaction faster. The premise, 1-click ordering, would only be allowed when using that bookstore's website: Amazon.com.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Patents can apply to more than just technological inventions.  In the case of 1-click ordering, the patent was granted as a new, novel, and non-obvious business method, though this became controversial.  In an interview with NPR, former commissioner for patents Robert Stoll noted that the "novelty of the Internet made what looks in retrospect like kind of small changes to business methods to seem newly patentable."[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]If you've ever used 1-click ordering on any website that's not Amazon.com, there's a good chance that website is paying Amazon to license that business practice.  With the patent's expiration, observers expect many big companies to create their own 1-click ordering systems in short order.  Some tech giants are also discussing the possibility of an Internet-wide system.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Listen to the full NPR interview here.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth provides a full range of intellectual property legal services, including patents.  Our intellectual property attorneys can help businesses, inventors, and entrepreneurs secure the competitive edge needed to thrive in today's market.  Call 888-517-9888 for a free consultation![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Important Notice on DACA Changes

Topics: From Our Office, Immigration

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For a free immigration or DACA consultation, call us today at 626-722-5189!
On September 5th, the cancellation of immigration benefits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was announced. People who are eligible to renew their permits must do so as soon as possible (before March 5th). People who have already sent in their applications (before September 5th) will still be considered for a work permit. However, previously eligible applicants who do not meet these new deadlines will no longer be able to apply for the program or renew their work permit. Perhaps you have had a consultation about your immigration status in the past, but the circumstances of your case have changed. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth invites you to contact us for a free consultation. We can answer your immigration questions and identify potential avenues for legal immigration. For example, here are some ways you may be able to obtain a work or residence permit that are not commonly known.
  • Do you have children serving in the armed forces?
  • Have you or a close relative been the victim of domestic abuse or a violent crime?
  • Has your employer forced you to work overtime without benefits, threatened you with deportation, or created a hostile work environment?
  • Have you previously filed a family petition immigration form that you never knew the outcome to?
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DACA to End

Topics: Immigration

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After an announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, September 5th, the Trump administration's official policy on DACA has become known. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created by President Obama will be phased out after six months. The decision to end the DACA program could upend the lives of hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers, young people brought to the country illegally as children. What does this mean for DACA recipients? As of today, no new applications for DACA will be granted. If your permit expires between today and March 5th, 2018, you will be allowed to renew your permit for one last two-year period. If your permit expires on March 6th or later, your legal status will end when your permit expires. Approximately 76% of DACA recipients, 595,000 people, will no longer be able to renew their permits. In as few as six months, Dreamers will begin to lose their ability to work in the United States and will be at risk for deportation. The rationale given for the six month delay is to allow time for Congress to create a legislative means to allow DACA recipients to remain in the country. The situation has been described as a ticking time bomb. This story will be evolving for many months.

News articles about the recent announcement

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