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Read the New Issue of our Legal Connection Magazine

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The newest edition of our Legal Connection magazine has been released! Download your copy here. You can also view the magazine in its entirety here![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="2885" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Motorcyclist Sues Automated Vehicle Manufacturer after Crash

Topics: Auto Accident

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last December, a motorcyclist in San Francisco struck a Cruise AV, an automated vehicle manufactured by General Motors.  Now, that motorcyclist has filed a lawsuit claiming negligence.  This is one of the first lawsuits accusing a driver-less vehicle, and its manufacturer, of legal responsibility for a crash.  The police report places the motorcyclist at fault, making this legal challenge an uphill climb. According to the Report of Traffic Accident Involving an Autonomous Vehicle, the AV was driving on a three-lane one-way street in the center lane at low speed.  It was merging into the left lane when the vehicle ahead suddenly slowed down.  The AV abandoned it's attempt to merge and instead returned to the center lane.  At the same time, the lane-splitting motorcycle attempted to enter the center lane, bouncing off the AV.  The police report shows that the motorcyclist was at fault for "attempting to overtake and pass another vehicle on the right under conditions that did not permit that movement in safety in violation of CVC 21755(a)". See the police report here.  See the lawsuit here. The automated vehicle was occupied by a test driver, but he did not have his hands on the wheel.  Autonomous vehicles will be on the road soon, without test drivers, and it remains to be seen what will happen when driver-less vehicles become involved in crashes.  Whatever the future of accident law, the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth will be prepared to pursue justice for injury victims.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call us at 888-517-9888 for a free accident consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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37th Annual Asian American Expo

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth hosted a booth at the 37th Annual Asian American Expo held at the Pomona Fairplex on January 13th and 14th.  We gave away some goodies and showed off the new edition of our Legal Connection Magazine.  We also had a raffle for a new TV.  Congratulations to the grand prize winner in our giveaway! We also took some pictures at the event.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2872" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2873" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2874" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2875" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2876" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2877" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2878" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2871" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Martin Luther King’s Most Famous Speech

Topics: Intellectual Property

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One of, if not the most important American speech of the 20th century is Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.  Many people can recite the most famous refrain from memory.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
While most people know this part of the speech, many may not be familiar with the rest of the 17-minute speech.  It's actually pretty difficult to track down a copy of the entire speech due to copyright law.  The estate of Martin Luther King Jr. holds the copyright for the speech, mkaing reproduction of the speech unlawful without permission or licensing. Listen to a story about the copyright that aired on NPR this week: The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth offers legal assistance in copyright law, as well as other types of intellectual property law.  For a free consultation, contact us at 888-517-9888.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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DACA Permits Eligible for Renewal After Court Ruling

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After a court ruling last Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Saturday it will again be accepting renewal applications for previous and current recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  DACA recipients, sometimes referred to as Dreamers, are immigrants brought to the United States when they were children.  The DACA program allowed Dreamers to work and go to school in the United States legally, without fear of deportation. DACA was rescinded by the Trump Administration on September 5th, 2017, creating a climate of fear and uncertainty.  A legislative fix for DACA is currently under debate in Congress, but after an announcement that a deal was reached, the deterioration of that same deal, and inflammatory comments from President Trump, the future of DACA remains uncertain.  The court ruling and subsequent guidance from DHS opens the door to further temporary reprieve for individuals whose DACA status have expired. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department, only existing (or previous) DACA recipients will be able to file for protected status.  No new applications for DACA are being considered.  If a person's DACA status expired on or after September 5th, 2016, he or she can file a renewal application for a two year period.  If a person's DACA status expired before that date, he or she can file a new application for DACA protections. See the full guidance here. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth can answer all of your DACA questions as well as assist with the application and renewal process.  Call us today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free immigration consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Turbulent Week in Immigration News

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The pace of immigration news this week has been overwhelming, contradictory, and consequential, but ultimately provides more questions than answers.

Monday

Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans to be terminated

Tuesday

California court issues injunction against the end of DACA

Wednesday

Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids 7-Eleven stores in illegal immigration sweep

Thursday

Bipartisan Congressional negotiators reach deal on extending DACA protections permanently President rejects bipartisan deal on DACA, insults several countries with racist remarks Where does all of this week's immigration news leave us?  With no clear answers.  What we do know is that the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has been practicing immigration law for more than 30 years.  We have consistently helped immigrants receive work visas, residency, green cards, and citizenship.  Regardless of how the immigration debate plays out, our immigration lawyers will work within the law to help immigrants achieve their goals. For a free immigration consultation, call us today at 888-517-9888. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans Withdrawn

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Trump administration today announced the cancellation of 'temporary protected status' for about 200,000-250,000 Salvadorans who have been living in the United States legally since 2001.  Temporary protected status (TPS) has been in place since a trio of devastating earthquakes rocked El Salvador in early 2001, killing more than 1,000 people and displacing more than 1 million.  TPS allowed Salvadoran immigrants to remain in the country and work legally without fear of deportation. The announcement comes on the heels of other TPS cancellations, including a November 2017 announcement rescinding protections for Haitians.  The loss of temporary protected status can cause dramatic upheaval for affected families.  For those affected families, there may be other ways to stay in the United States legally.  We strongly recommend anyone facing the end of their temporary protected status to contact the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth at 888-517-9888 for a free immigration consultation. Our immigration attorneys can carefully examine your situation to see if you qualify for legal permanent residency (a green card), regardless of your immigration status.
  • Do you have children who are members of the military?
  • Have you been the victim of any crime or domestic violence? Have any other family members been a victim?
  • Has your employer forced you to work overtime without benefits, threatened you with deportation, or caused other problems at work?
  • Do you have a family immigration petition from years ago and nothing happened with the case?
If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, there may be a legal path to immigration available.  Other paths could be discovered during an immigration consultation.  Call us at 888-517-9888 to schedule your free consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Marijuana Conviction can Derail Immigration Process

Topics: Criminal Defense, Immigration

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In an unexpected though unsurprising move yesterday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era policy regarding marijuana prosecutions, a move that could have dramatic consequences for California immigrants and marijuana-based businesses.  The so-called Cole Memo advised federal prosecutors to give states that legalized marijuana some leeway by focusing law enforcement resources away from activities that complied with state law.  With this move, that guidance is now moot, leaving behind many questions as to how this change will affect recreational marijuana, which became legal in California this week. It is unclear how the interim U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Nicola Hanna will enforce federal marijuana laws.  In Colorado, another state that has legalized recreational marijuana, the interim U.S. Attorney has announced that he will not be changing his approach to enforcement.  Hanna, whose jurisdiction will include most of Southern California, has not responded to inquiries about how his office will handle the change in policy. What does all of this mean?  No one is certain.  What is certain is that the change in policy can cause serious problems for immigrants.  It's important for every non-citizen to understand that any federal crime involving marijuana, including simple possession, could lead to deportation.  Even though possession and recreational use is legal in California, immigration advocates and attorneys suggest abstaining from marijuana and avoiding any actions that could be used against them in a federal immigration court. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth provides legal services for both immigration and criminal defense.  We offer free consultations at 888-517-9888.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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DUI Arrests over New Year’s Holiday Up Over Previous Year

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has announced that over the New Year's holiday, 936 people were arrested on highways across the state for driving under the influence (DUI).  The reported time frame of the arrests was Friday evening (6:01 p.m.) through Monday night (11:59 p.m.).  The number of arrests was a 22 percent increase over the same holiday weekend last year. The number of DUI arrests was not a significant increase over the 2017 Christmas holiday weekend, where 917 people were arrested under suspicion of DUI.  The statistics released by CHP do not offer insight into whether the arrests were alcohol-related, marijuana-related, or both.  With the legalization of recreational marijuana, CHP has sounded alarms in an attempt to prevent anyone under the influence of cannabis from getting behind the wheel.  Drivers suspected of driving while high will initially be given field sobriety tests until a clear legal standard for marijuana intoxication has been developed. Driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated (DWI) are serious crimes that can result in felony convictions.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth offers legal defense services to persons arrested on suspicion of DUI in Southern Californiia.  Criminal charges involving DUI can lead to significant fines, a suspended or revoked drivers license, and jail time.  It's important to hire a DUI attorney who can help you receive the best possible outcome to the charges against you.  Call 888-517-9888 for a free defense consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]