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H-1B Visa Season is Almost Here

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Every April, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins accepting applications for H-1B visas, non-immigrant visas for specialized occupation workers.  The current cap on H-1B visas is 65,000, with an additional 20,000 available to applicants with advanced degrees received at accredited universities in the U.S.  USCIS begins accepting application filings on April on the first business day of April and accepts them for at least five business days or until the H-1B visa cap has been reached.  Since 2014, more H-1B applications were filed in the first five business days than the number of visas issued.  This extremely limited time that USCIS accepts applications has become known as H-1B Season. When the number of applications in the initial filing period exceeds the number of visas available, USCIS chooses 85,000 of those applications in a random selection process known as the H-1B Lottery.  The lottery works in two stages: First Stage 65,000 applications are chosen in a random selection. Selected applications are processed. Second Stage Applications not selected in the first stage that contain an advanced degree exemption are entered into a second random selection, sometimes called the "master's lottery." 20,000 applications are chosen at random to be processed. Applications not chosen in either stage are automatically rejected. Applicants who are not chosen in the H-1B Lottery will have their filing fees refunded.  In 2018, 105,098 applications were not chosen in the lottery.  H-1B visas are one of the most sought after visas to live and work legally in the United States, with every available H-1B visa being claimed since 2003.  Applicants with a master's or doctorate do have a better chance of being selected, but are not guaranteed to receive a visa.  Hiring an immigration lawyer can prevent your H-1B application from being ineligible for the lottery. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth helps H-1B seekers and business prepare their visa applications and submit them accurately during the brief application window. We will be hosting an H-1B Immigration Seminar on February 16th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at our City of Industry office location.  To RSVP, please send us an email.  For a free immigration consultation, call us at 888-517-9888. ** This post has been updated to reflect the new H-1B lottery order.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Asian American Expo 2019

Topics: Events, From Our Office

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth hosted a booth at the Asian American Expo in Pomona on January 19th and 20th.  We met many people in the community and raffled off a 50" TV! We also took some pictures at the event, which you can find below![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3409" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3408" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3415" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3414" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3413" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3412" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3411" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3410" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Cash Bail Referendum Makes 2020 Ballot

Topics: Criminal Defense

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The California bail bond industry has secured enough signatures for a 2020 ballot measure addressing the recent passage of cash bail reform.  Cash bail reform was passed last year and was scheduled to take effect in October.  With the ballot qualification, the California Money Bail Reform Act will not be implemented this year.  The current cash bail system has been criticized as discriminatory. Under current rules, defendants who have been arrested and await their court date can be released from prison if they can pay bail.  If they cannot afford bail, defendants are offered two choices: remain in jail until their court date or seek assistance from a bail bond company.  A bail bond company will pay the bail amount and charge a fee, usually 10 percent of the bail amount.  This adds an extra financial burden on defendants and can lead to jail overcrowding. The California Money Bail Reform Act would instead use a risk assessment tool to determine which defendants are a public safety or flight risk, eliminating the need to pay bail or secure the services of a bail bond company.  The bail bond companies claim that using a risk assessment tool could lead to the release of dangerous criminals, but experts believe that people accused of violent crimes would not be released from jail.  If the law was put in place, bail bond companies would effectively be unnecessary. Voters will decide the fate of the California Money Bail Reform Act in 2020. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth can help ensure that you receive fair treatment from the justice system.  Call us today at 888-517-9888 for a free criminal defense consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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So You’ve Been Bitten by a Dog

Topics: Personal Injury

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you've been bitten by a dog, you're not alone.  Around 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog every year across the U.S.  About 800,000 of those bites will require at least one hospital visit.  Dog bites are a type of personal injury, and in California, dog owners are held liable for any injuries or property damage caused by their dogs.  If you've been injured in a dog attack, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering. The immediate aftermath of a dog bite is very similar to a car accident.  Adrenaline runs high and you may not completely understand what just occurred.  However, there are immediate actions a victim can take to help themselves.

Collect any contact information possible

If you are able to identify and speak with the dog's owner, collect their contact information, including their home address.  Also collect the information of anyone who witnessed the attack.  If the dog owner refuses to offer their information, contact authorities.

Take pictures of everything

If you are physically able to, try to take pictures of everything you can.  This includes your wound, the scene of the attack, the dog, and anything else that seems relevant.  If you do not know who the owner of the dog is, these pictures can be used later to identify him or her.

Treat your injury

If your injury is severe enough, go to the hospital.  Dog bites can easily become infected and cause even greater health risks if they are not treated right away.  Call 911 to request an ambulance if you are unable to move.

Preserve any evidence

In addition to any pictures you may have taken, do not wash or throw away your damaged clothing!  Place any damaged clothing or other physical evidence from the attack in a sealed container.  The damaged clothing can be used as evidence in an insurance claim or lawsuit.

Document your injuries and recovery

Take pictures of everything that you would consider to be related to your dog bite incident and keep a journal that details any injury treatment and pain experienced during your recovery.

Contact an experienced dog bite lawyer

Seeking compensation for dog bites can be tricky. While the owner of the dog is legally responsible for your medical bills and pain and suffering, pursuing him or her in court is difficult. That’s when an attorney can help. Dog bite attorneys know where to look to help you receive additional medical treatment and financial compensation for your pain and suffering. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth offers free injury consultations to the victims of dog bites. Call us today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free injury consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Resolving to be a Better Driver

Topics: Auto Accident

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We would guess that not many people have actively made a New Years resolution to 'become a better driver'.  With people returning to work and school after the holidays, we're guessing that some people have wished other drivers had made that resolution.  While we cannot control the habits of other drivers, what we can do is resolve to become better drivers ourselves.  While becoming a better driver will not make other drivers do the same, it can still help reduce the risk of a car accident. And if the resolution for 2019 was to be more honest with ourselves, we all could become better drivers. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has compiled some defensive driving tips that could help make the roads in 2019 safer for everyone. Avoid Distracted Driving - Distracted driving causes drivers to take their eyes off of the road and their minds off of the task at hand.  While driving, avoid using a cell phone or doing any other activity that isn't driving. Be Aware of Your Surroundings - Knowing what is happening around your vehicle can prevent you from being involved in a crash.  If you see something, you can react to it. Expect Other Drivers to Make Mistakes - If you watch another car passing you on the right and approaching a slower moving vehicle, will that car slow down or jump to your lane in front of you? If you anticipate other drivers making mistakes before they make them, you can react quickly. Slow Down - Speed is a factor in most fatal accidents.  Slower driving speeds can allow for more reaction time if you need to come to a sudden stop. Follow at a Safe Distance - You never know when the car in front of you will need to stop.  Or the car in front of that car.  Follow at a distance where you know you'll be able to react and stop safely. Avoid Sudden Stops - You never know when the car behind you will fail to stop.  If you can avoid it, try not to brake too suddenly. Acknowledge Blind Spots - Before changing lanes, always be sure your blind spot is clear.  Avoid driving in other vehicles' blind spots for too long.  They may forget you're there. Avoid Unnecessary Lane Changes - Weaving in and out of fast-moving traffic is dangerous.  If you need to pass a slower moving vehicle, do so.  If you need to let a faster moving vehicle pass, do so.  But constantly changing lanes to avoid traffic does no one any favors. Use Your Turn Signals - Let others know where you are going so they can avoid you.  Blinkers are especially important when attempting to make unprotected turns or approaching an intersection. Do Not Succumb to Road Rage - Nobody wins in a road rage incident.  Staying calm can prevent aggressive driving that escalates into something more serious. Maintain Your Vehicle - If your car breaks down on the highway, you can be in immediate danger.  If your tires are not inflated correctly, you risk a blowout.  Proper vehicle maintenance can help to prevent these situations and many others. Wear Your Seatbelt - It could save your life. Don't Drive Under the Influence - Driving while drunk or high can puts yourself, as well as everyone else on the roads, in extreme danger.  Over 10,000 people are killed each year in drunk driving incidents.  Even if you don't hurt anyone, a DUI charge can cost tens of thousands of dollars, lead to suspended driving privileges, and even cost you your job.  It's not worth it.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth at 888-517-9888 to receive a free injury consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Immigration Cases Slowed by Government Shutdown

Topics: Immigration

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Immigration courts in the United States are a civil institution that rule on immigration cases related to asylum requests and deportation proceedings.  They are notoriously slow and have a backlog of about 1 million cases waiting to be heard by some 400 judges, or about 2,500 cases per judge.  In a typical year, each judge hears fewer than 700 cases.  The backlog has been growing for some time and is about to grow even larger due to the partial United States government shutdown. The government shutdown began on December 22 and is currently the third-longest shutdown in U.S. history.  The purported reason for the shutdown is over immigration, but has the contradictory effect of making the immigration court backlog worse.  With immigration courts not functioning, not only does the backlog continues to grow, but existing cases must be rescheduled.  Asylum seekers and those with non-removal immigration court dates that have fallen during the shutdown could be forced to wait months, or even years, before a new court date can be scheduled.  The uncertainty of a pending immigration court date can be stressful. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has helped thousands of immigrants to live and work legally in the United States.  If you have are an unrepresented immigrant to the United States who's court date has been cancelled due to the government shutdown, there is still time to seek the assistance of an immigration lawyer.  People seeking asylum in the United States are about five times more likely to receive approval if they have an attorney.  People facing deportation proceedings are about 25 times more likely to avoid removal from the country if they have an attorney. It is unknown when the partial government shutdown will end and immigration courts will begin to hear cases again.  And when the courts do reopen, it's not yet known what will happen to the cases that were supposed to be heard during the shutdown.  With all of the delays, the mission of the immigration attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth remains the same.  We're on your side, all the way.  For expert legal help with your immigration case, call us today at 888-517-9888.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]