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Law Offices of Scott Warmuth at Community Events

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth is active in the local community.  In addition to providing necessary legal services to our clients, we strive to improve our communities through involvement.  On Tuesday, general manager Tammy Wong attended an event benefiting the Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled, a nonprofit providing culturally and linguistically relevant services to Chinese American families with special needs individuals.  And on Friday, personal injury attorney Seth Mitchell, workers' compensation manager Maurice Lin, and operations manager Regina Bory attended a business networking breakfast at the Elks Lodge in San Gabriel. We took some pictures at both events, which can be found below! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3075" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3076" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3077" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3072" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3073" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3074" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Federal Judge Rules that Separated Families Must be Reunited

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On May 12, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a 'no tolerance' policy for migrants entering the United States illegally, referring each case for prosecution.  The prosecutions often resulted in child separation, placing the no tolerance policy under withering media scrutiny, leading to a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  Last night, a ruling from a federal  judge granted the ACLU an injunction preventing further family separations.  The order also requires the United States government to reunite all families separated by the policy. See the ruling. The injunction stipulates that the government has 14 days to reunite children under 5 with their parents and 30 days to reunite older children.  United States District Court for the Southern District of California Judge Dana M. Sabraw, a George W. Bush appointee, found the ACLU lawsuit likely to succeed on its merits.  The ACLU lawsuit argues that families separated at the border are not receiving a constitutionally guaranteed right of due process under the law. According to news reports, more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents, and it appears that in some cases the government has no coherent plans on how to reunite them with their parents.  The Trump administration had sent mixed signals before the ruling.  On June 25th, border security officials stated that they had stopped referring border-crossing families for prosecution.  That same day, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that zero tolerance was still in effect and that the policy was unchanged.  As of this writing, it is not yet known how the administration will comply with new court order. In the recent months, immigration news has been coming too fast for most people to keep up with.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth continuously monitors immigration news stories to determine possible changes to the laws that could affect our clients.  We offer a robust immigration legal service.  For a free consultation, call us today at 888-517-9888.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Wednesday night, the San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce held its annual Installation Dinner at the Hilton Hotel Los Angeles/San Gabriel.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth was in attendance for the event, which featured two stories about members of our law firm. Law Offices of Scott Warmuth Manager of Operations and Human Resources Regina Bory was installed to the Board of Directors for the San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce. Attorney Scott Warmuth was presented the "Heroes Among Us" award by the Chamber.  Scott was recognized as playing a pivotal role in the launch of the San Gabriel Mission Conservancy. We took some pictures of the event, which can be found below![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth cares greatly about the local community.  We have attended several recent events in the area, including the Lunar New Year Festival in Alhambra, the grand opening of the Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel hotel, and a fundraiser for California 39th district congressional candidate Jay Chen. We took some pictures at the recent events, which we've posted below.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3064" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3065" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3067" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3066" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Effects of Restrictive Immigration Policies Under Spotlight

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The immigration policy of the Trump administration has come to the forefront of the national discourse after recent media attention on the aftermath of forced family separation at the border.  The issue has been gaining prominence since last week, but became front page news this week after ProPublica distributed an audio recording of children at the border who had just been separated from their parents. Hear the audio recording here. It is unclear if any changes to the zero-tolerance policy will occur, but public outrage is growing.  According to at least one news outlet, the situation is quickly becoming a "Katrina moment" in the eyes of the public.  Nationwide protests are being planned for June 30th.  Religious leaders are mobilizing. As an immigration law firm, the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth is closely monitoring any and all possible changes to immigration policy.  With two pieces of legislation under consideration that could dramatically affect legal immigration, we are preparing for whatever situation may arise as a result of immigration policy change.  We offer free consultations at 888-517-9888.  If you have questions about your immigration status, call us today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Attorney Yesenia Acosta named 2018 Southern California Rising Star

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Law Offices of Scott Warmuth immigration attorney Yesenia Acosta has been named a 2018 Super Lawyers Rising Star!  This is an incredible accomplishment and the entire firm is extremely proud of her accomplishments.  This is the second year in a row Attorney Acosta has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. The selection process to become a Rising Star is very thorough, with only 2.5 percent of attorneys earning the honor.  After an attorney's nomination, he or she is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.  According to Super Lawyers, the purpose of their program is "to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel." Read the Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars 2018 issue here. From all of your colleagues at the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth, congratulations on your recognition![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Victims of Domestic Abuse and Gang Violence No Longer Valid Reasons for Asylum

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]New guidance from the Justice Department orders federal immigration judges to deny asylum claims to the victims of domestic violence and gang violence.  A 2016 ruling from the Board of Immigration Appeals, generally considered the highest immigration authority in the country, that granted a Salvadoran woman asylum after suffering extreme spousal abuse was overturned by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Sessions' reasoning is that asylum claims are only applicable if the applicant is being persecuted by their national government and does not apply to so-called private crimes. The change in policy is another attempt by the Trump administration to reduce immigration to the United States.  Immigrant advocates are accusing the administration of turning their backs on the victims of gang violence and domestic violence and believe the change in policy could cost women and children their lives.  They worry that many asylum seekers currently in custody will be deported and be in considerable danger in their home countries. See the full news report here. This policy change could have a significant effect on pending and future asylum claims.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth is closely monitoring the situation to see how this change will impact our clients.  If you have questions and would like to receive a free immigration consultation, call us today at 888-517-9888.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Immigration Story out of New York is a Sign of the Times

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The arrest and pending deportation of an undocumented immigrant delivering pizzas to a military base in New York City, a so-called sanctuary city, is making national headlines.  The immigrant, a 35-year-old married father of two, has no criminal history but had previously received a voluntary departure order he ignored.  He also has an application for a marriage-based green card pending. According to news reports, Pablo Villavicencio Calderon, an Ecuadorian native, was delivering pizza to Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York City, something he had done in the past.  In order to gain access to the base he presented a New York City identification card, an ID given to undocumented immigrants in the city to help interact with city services.  A spot background check was conducted on base which turned up his previous deportation order.  He was detained and handed off to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The entire incident raises the question of priorities when it comes do immigration law.  A Brooklyn city councilman reacted to the detention by asking if the country was now safer because "they took a pizza delivery guy off the street."  Underscoring the divisiveness of the issue, a New York state senator commended the military police "who have committed their lives to protecting our citizens and country." See the fully New York Times article here. Immigration law is constantly changing in the United States.  Most recently, immigration law seems to be making it harder for foreign nationals to live and work legally in the country.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth constant evaluates changes in the law so we can provide accurate legal advice for our immigration clients.  If you or someone you know is seeking to immigrate to the United States, call our offices today at 888-517-9888 for a free consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Can You Get Workers’ Compensation from an Auto Accident?

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A common legal question regarding car accidents is whether or not victims are eligible for workers' compensation.  The answer of course, as with most things in the field of law, is "it depends".  In general, if you're commuting to work or otherwise off the clock, the answer is no, you are not eligible for workers' compensation in the event of a car crash.  However, if you're on the clock and driving, you generally are eligible for workers' comp.  Every situation is unique, so it's always best to consult with an attorney after an auto accident. There are situational exceptions to the generalized rules.  For example, if you are commuting to work and are involved in a crash, you are probably not eligible for benefits.  But if you are commuting to work in company provided transportation, such as a bus or vanpool, you probably are eligible, even if you are technically off the clock.  Where the law may be murkier is if there is a combination of factors in play.  For example, would you be eligible for workers' compensation if you are switching office locations on your lunch break and are involved in a car accident?  This is an often litigated question that can have different conclusions based on small variations in each case. Regardless of the situation, if you have been injured in the course of your work, be sure to notify your employer immediately. If you have been in a car accident in the course of your work duties and have questions as whether or not you are eligible for workers' compensation, it's best to contact a law firm experienced in both car accident law and workers' compensation.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has been helping injured workers for decades.  For a free work injury consultation, call our attorneys today at 888-517-9888.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Interactive Website Shows Southern California Fatal Crash Locations

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatal accidents in California have been on the rise.  2,859 fatal crashes in 2014, 3,123 in 2015, and 3,324 in 2016.  Where do those crashes occur?  Pretty much everywhere according to this interactive website from the NHTSA.  Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties have the most fatal accidents in the state. NHTSA also publishes the causes of fatal accidents.  In 2016, the leading cause of fatal incidents was speeding, a factor in nearly 18 percent of the crashes.  Driving under the influence was a distant second at about 11 percent.  Data also show that the younger the driver, the higher the crash rate.  Though most crashes occur in urban areas, driving in rural areas is actually more dangerous.  Urban centers have more vehicles and more crashes, but rural areas have a higher incident rate of fatal accidents per resident. The roads are dangerous.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth encourages all drivers to drive safely and take every possible precaution to safely reach your destination.  Even so, collisions happen.  Our car accident lawyers can help you recover physically, emotionally, and financially.  If you've been injured in an auto accident, call our offices today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free legal consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]