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Happy Halloween! Stay Safe on the Roads!

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]From all of us at the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth, have a fun and safe Halloween! According to the Centers for Disease Control, children have about a 300% increased risk of being involved in a fatal pedestrian crash on Halloween when compared to other nights. To stay safe, we recommend following some common sense safety guidelines. Drivers: Stay Alert There are many more children on the roadways, driveways, and sidewalks then you are used to seeing, especially in residential neighborhoods. Drivers: Slow Down! Improve reaction your reaction time by slowing down to at maximum 5 mph BELOW the posted speed limit. Trick-or-Treaters: Wear Reflective Clothing When preparing children to walk around a dark neighborhood, the best defense is to ensure they're visible. Reflective clothing will warn vehicles that they are present. You could also put reflective tape on candy bags. Trick-or-Treaters: Avoid Sight-reducing Masks Not being able to see oncoming traffic can lead to accidents. Ensure that costumed children can see out of any masks without obstruction.

Happy Halloween!

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Distracted Walking Ban Takes Effect in Honolulu

Topics: Personal Injury

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In an effort to reduce pedestrian accidents and injuries, Honolulu has enacted a law designed to discourage distracted walking. The law allows police officers to issue tickets to any pedestrian checking their phone while crossing the street. Honolulu implemented the law as a response to having a large number of pedestrians struck by a vehicle while in a crosswalk. Passed in July, the distracted walking law requires a minimum $15 fine for first-time offenders with repeat violations costing as much as $99. The law is controversial; reports have shown that most pedestrian fatalities are caused by distracted driving, not distracted walking. Several major cities have tried to pass similar laws, but were not successful. The results of the Honolulu law will be watched carefully around the country. Should the law prove successful in reducing pedestrian injuries and deaths it's highly likely that other jurisdictions will follow suit. In Los Angeles, pedestrians are only involved in about 14 percent of auto accidents, but make up almost 50 percent of auto accident fatalities. Six percent of streets throughout the city are responsible for about 67 percent of fatalities. Any possible actions taken to reduce pedestrian fatalities, including Los Angeles' Vision Zero plan, is worth the chance. If you've been injured in an accident as a pedestrian or driver, call the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth today at 888-517-9888 for a free consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Is that Big Rig Tailgating?

Topics: Auto Accident

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Coming soon to a freeway near you?  Big rigs tailgating each other at high speeds with only a few feet of separation.  Thought it may seem a disconcerting sight, new technologies will make the practice of 'platooning' a safer experience.  The same technology could help prevent trucks from rear-ending other vehicles. Platooning refers to the practice of two big rigs traveling in a pair, using each other to improve fuel efficiency by utilizing a truck's slipstream.  Slipstreaming, or drafting, is a proven method of increasing fuel efficiency, even inspiring a test on Mythbusters, which confirmed the 'myth'.  However, some safety experts still have concerns. The concerns do not have much to do with the platooning technology, the truck drivers, or even driverless trucks.  The biggest safety concern is other drivers on the freeway.  No one truly knows how drivers will react to seeing two or more trucks traveling 70 mph with only a couple of car lengths between them.  Will a driver try to cut through that small space to reach an exit?  Will drivers speed or slow to try and get around the convoys?  How would other drivers' behavior affect the technology?  Other questions have been raised as well. See the full news article here. None of these questions address the concerns of liability in the event of a crash.  With the safety improvements, it would be less likely that a big rig is actually to blame in a crash, but if one does happen, who is liable for damages?  The truck driver, truck company, software engineers, software company, or other entities could all have partial blame in a crash.  As the future quickly approaches, the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth will be ready to represent the victims of car accidents.  Call 888-517-9888 today for a free injury consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Law Offices of Scott Warmuth Attend Campaign Event

Topics: Events

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth is active in our local community. Our San Gabriel office, as well as Scott Warmuth himself, are located in California's 27th Congressional District, currently represented by Congresswoman Judy Chu. Several members of our law firm attended a dinner event this week for Congresswoman Chu's reelection campaign. We took some pictures of the event, which you can find below![/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2712" img_size="800x450" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2713" img_size="800x450" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2714" img_size="800x450" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2715" img_size="800x450" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2716" img_size="800x450" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2717" img_size="800x450" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Common Defense Techniques in the Courtroom

Topics: Criminal Defense

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Being charged with a crime can sometimes cause the future to be on hold.  Facing prison time can be a harrowing prospect.  It is the job of criminal defense attorneys to provide their clients with the legal benefits guaranteed by the justice system and to seek reductions in a potential prison sentence. There are several ways to help a criminal defense case and seek a reduction in sentence.  Some common techniques include:

Suppressing unlawfully obtained evidence

There are several guidelines as to how evidence can be collected during the course of an investigation.  If those guidelines are not followed properly, evidence collected improperly is subject to suppression.  For example, if incriminating evidence is discovered in a search that does not have a proper warrant, prosecutors would not be able to use that evidence against you.  Suppressed evidence is inadmissible in court, helping a defendant's case.

Crafting a truthful timeline of events

When defendants take the stand they often face cross-examination from prosecutors asking leading questions designed to discredit their story.  Defendants and criminal defense attorneys can work together to reconstruct a truthful timeline of events to provide a defense that makes sense to a judge and jury.  Cross-examination can be stressful, but when understanding what happened in a broader sense, a defendant can answer a prosecutor's question truthfully without becoming flustered or confused.

Calling an expert witness to testify

Prosecutors tend to interpret circumstantial evidence in a way that ties everything to the defendant.  Many times, that evidence could also point towards something else completely.  An expert witness can provide alternate explanations for the same evidence in search of reasonable doubt.  For example, when a prosecutor asserts that a piece of evidence means X, an expert witness can show how the evidence could mean X, Y, or Z.

Retaining a criminal defense attorney

When facing potential time in jail, having an advocate on your side can help.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth mounts a vigorous and aggressive defense for its clients, using proven criminal defense strategies.  For a free consultation, call us today at 888-517-9888.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Is DACA Really Going to End on March 5th?

Topics: Immigration

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]New reports have surfaced that if Congress is unable to act legislation protecting so-called Dreamers, President Trump may extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program past it's current March 5th expiration.  It is unknown how long that extension would be, if there would be an additional period to renew DACA permits, if legal challenges to the program would resume, or how likely an extension is to occur.  The deadline to renew DACA permits for an additional two years passed on October 5th. The speculation about the March 5th deadline not being a true deadline started with a tweet last month, but interest was renewed last night when Oklahoma Senator James Lankford made comments about the program after a town hall meeting.  According to reports, Lankford and Trump discussed the program last month on a phone call. Dreamers are young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children.  In order to be eligible for DACA, applicants needed to have continuously lived in the United States for at least five years, received an education, and remained out of serious legal trouble.  DACA allowed these undocumented immigrants to legally live and work in the United States.  It is estimated that about 690,000 currently have DACA permits. Read the full news article here. DACA recipients may be eligible for legal status through other avenues of immigration law.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth offers free initial consultations for immigrants seeking visas, permanent legal status, naturalization, and citizenship.  Call us at 888-517-9888 to speak with an immigration attorney today![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Moving Forward after a Work Injury

Topics: Workers' Compensation

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Because no one expects to be injured at work, most people do not know what actions to take should the unthinkable happen. Without timely action, injured workers run the risk of overlooking, or even losing, their basic legal rights under California workers' compensation law.  These laws are designed to protect injured workers; knowing how to take advantage of them can help on the road to recovery. The circumstances of every workplace accident resulting in injury may be different, but workers' compensation law doesn't look at how an accident happened, only that an injury occurred.  Workers' compensation claims are fault-less, so even if you are the cause of your own injury, you are entitled to pursue workers' compensation benefits.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

The First Steps After a Work Injury

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]If you have suffered a work injury, it's important to seek immediate medical treatment and to notify your employer.  These two steps begin the recovery process.  Your employer is required to give you a workers' compensation claim form (DWC 1) within one working day of your injury (it can also be downloaded here).  After completing the form, return it to your employer.  Within one day of receiving your claim form, your employer is required to authorize medical treatment.  Upon authorization, if you haven't already begun treatment, you should start at this time.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Document Your Work Comp Claim

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Documenting your work injury is one of the most important things you can do to protect your rights.  Keep records of every form you fill out, make note of every doctor's appointment, and record dates of when you submit documents or medical records.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Consult with a Workers' Compensation Attorney

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]An experienced workers' compensation law firm can help you with your work injury claim every step of the way.  The California workers' comp system is notoriously complex and difficult to navigate.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has the knowledge necessary to help you recover from your injuries and help you seek financial compensation for your work injury.  Call 888-517-9888 today for a free consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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DACA Renewal Deadline is TODAY!

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The deadline to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) extensions is today, October 5th! If your DACA status expires before March 5th and you have not yet applied for a two year renewal, today is your last chance! For DACA recipients whose DACA permit expires after March 5th, as of right now, you will not be able to apply for an extension. Dreamers face an uncertain future. DACA provided some stability, allowing certain undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to pursue an education and a career without the fear of deportation. It is unknown if legislation will be passed to protect DACA recipients before permits begin expiring on March 6th. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth works tirelessly to help immigrants visit and stay in the country legally. Dreamers whose DACA status is expiring may be eligible for other avenues of legal immigration. For a free consultation, call our immigration attorneys today at 888-517-9888.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]