The Washington Post, the Trump Administration has also “cut refugee admissions, [placed a ban on] nationals of certain majority-Muslim countries, expanded immigration enforcement raids and deportations, and forced asylum seekers who come across the U.S.-Mexico border to wait in Mexico until their court hearings.” Needless to say, immigration reform is in full effect. And to make things even more difficult for immigrants, the administration has modified the “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” rule which is expected to take effect on October 15, 2019, but that date could be postponed. The new rule will “establish new criteria for who can be considered dependent on the U.S. government for benefits, a change that could render many immigrants ineligible for green cards and thus a path to citizenship,” says The Washington Post. The news outlet stated that the new rule, prior to taking effect, received a significant amount of backlash as “critics say [it] makes the definition of “public charge” so vague and all-encompassing that it will effectively favor only rich, white immigrants.” In fact, so many were displeased with the proposed rule after it was formally announced that lawsuits have already been filed to challenge it. One of the lawsuits that was filed “on behalf of the city and county of San Francisco and others argues that the change is illegal.” Several other federal judges located across the U.S. are also expected to hear cases that contest the public charge rule, reports the news source. How will the new public charge rule affect immigrants in Atlanta who intend on applying for a green card? The new public charge rule will affect all immigrants, even those living outside of the State of GA. Under the new rule, “immigrants who are in the U.S. legally and use public benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps, or housing assistance – or have one time used public benefits or are deemed likely to someday use public benefits – could be considered “public charges,” rendering them ineligible for green cards.” Essentially, if you are receiving government assistance of any type, you could be putting your chances of obtaining your green card in jeopardy. But I thought immigrants were entitled to receive certain government benefits? They are, which may be why so many are criticizing the new rule. Take Medicaid for instance. Medicaid is a “Medical Assistance program that provides health coverage for children under 19 years of age, and people who are aged, blind, and/or disabled and whose income is insufficient to meet the cost of necessary medical services” [Source: Georgia Department of Community Health]. If you live in GA, meet all the requirements the GA Department of Community Health says you must meet in order to obtain Medicaid, and you can provide proof that you are legally living in the U.S., you likely could receive medical benefits. But, with the new rule taking affect, immigrants who choose to apply for government benefits or those who received them in the past unaware that it would affect their ability to obtain a green card may now may not even get the opportunity to apply for U.S. citizenship. Aside from limiting immigrants who are experiencing a financial hardship from obtaining food stamps or medical benefits as they fear they won’t be able to apply for a green card, the new rule will also add certain factors for immigration officials to consider during the green card application process. The news source says that officials will use “positive” and “negative” factors including “whether a person is unemployed, dropped out of high school, or is not fluent in English.” What should I do if I need to apply for my green card and I live in Atlanta, GA? If you apply for your green card after October 15, 2019, then your application may be processed according to the updated policy given the new rule goes into effect. Those who applied for their green card prior to when the new rule will take effect should be subject to the terms set forth in the old policy. Now, because we expect the new rule to make the green card application process lengthier and more difficult for immigrants, we do encourage you to contact Kuck | Baxter Immigration Partners LLC when you intend on applying. Our experienced green card attorneys in Atlanta, GA will not only assist you with filling out the application, which has proven to be difficult for many, but we will also help you get it filed. If you would like to speak with a lawyer now who can provide you with additional details regarding the new public charge rule or you have questions about applying for a green card in Atlanta, GA Kuck | Baxter Immigration Partners LLC is here to help you.
Plea Bargains Explained Criminal charges can lead to feelings of desperation. But it’s important to remember that there is help available to you! One common reason that people seek out assistance from an experienced criminal defense attorney is to get their charges reduced. One way to do this is to work with your criminal defense attorney to negotiate a plea bargain. Plea bargains carry a multitude of benefits that can lead to better well-being and quality of life down the road. Keep reading to learn about plea bargains. What is a Plea Bargain? FindLaw defines a plea bargain as occurring when the defendant agrees to plead guilty – usually to a lesser charge than one for which the defendant could stand trial – in exchange for a more lenient sentence, or so that certain related charges are dismissed. Agreeing to plead guilty in a plea bargain can result in the following benefits and more:
- Getting the matter over with quickly.
Being charged with a crime is a highly stressful ordeal. Efficient resolution through a plea bargain is a desirable solution to stress and anxiety because a plea bargain usually requires less time in court than a trial. For example, if you are charged with a crime while traveling, a plea bargain might help you return home sooner. In addition, employed defendants can benefit from resolving their case in one court appearance through a plea bargain instead of missing work repeatedly.
- Having fewer or less serious offenses on your public record.
According to Nolo, pleading guilty or no contest in exchange for a reduction in the number of charges or the seriousness of the offenses looks a lot better on a defendant’s record than the convictions that might result following a trial. This is especially beneficial in the event that you are convicted again in the future. For example, if an initial DWI offense had been bargained down to a lesser charge like reckless driving, a defendant might avoid jail time for the second DWI arrest. Even if you are never re-arrested, getting a charge reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor can be a critical benefit. Nolo points out that a plea bargain could help you retain your professional license, increase your future job opportunities, and allow you to possess firearms or vote.
- Having a less socially stigmatizing offense on your public record.
An aggressive criminal defense attorney can help you reduce charges that are perceived as socially offensive to less offensive charges in exchange for a guilty plea, according to Nolo. For example, a prosecutor may reduce a molestation or rape case to an assault. Conviction of the lesser charge could result in benefits such as avoiding having to register as a sex offender for life. In addition, a lesser offense may reduce the likelihood of being stigmatized by family members and friends. Even more importantly, defendants convicted of stigmatizing offenses are sometimes at a greater risk of being seriously injured (or killed) in prison.
- Moving from Jail to Prison
Often, conditions are more favorable in prisons than jails. According to Nolo, convicts placed in prison for a decided length of time may have more privileges than defendants awaiting trial in jail.
- Avoiding publicity. This doesn’t just apply to famous people, but anyone who depends on their reputation to earn a living, and/or anyone who wants to avoid bringing further embarrassment to their families and communities. To plead guilty or no contest means that defendants get to minimize news coverage and public information regarding their plea bargain. In plea bargains, a defendant’s background is rarely explored to the extent that it might be in a trial.
- Avoiding deportation. According to Nolo, noncitizens who plead guilty may be deported after they have finished serving their misdemeanor or felony sentences. The law requires defense lawyers to inform noncitizens that deportation is a potential consequence of a guilty plea. For noncitizens charged with crimes, a plea bargain is an opportunity to plead guilty to an offense that reduces the likelihood of deportation.
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Get help from a car accident attorney in Boca Raton After a car crash, injury victims require legal representation to settle the issues of property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in Florida alone, crash-related deaths cost Floridians nearly $3.16 billion in lost wages and medical costs. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) said there were more than 32,000 car crashed in 2017 alone. Following a traumatic car accident, victims and their families often have many questions, like how medical expenses will be paid, and how they can move forward after such an event. Accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Oscar Syger in Boca Raton may be able to help you. Drunk driving kills. Think before you get behind the wheel – your actions can affect the lives of others.
Driving under the influence, or DUI – often referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI) – is a serious crime. In Florida, boating under the influence (BUI) is an equally serious offense. A DUI, BUI, or related crime can include charges such as:
- DUI manslaughter, homicide, and hit-and-run
- Driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license
- Reckless or careless driving
- Resisting arrest or attempting to elude a police officer
- Road rage
- Vehicular homicide
If you are charged with a DUI in Florida, you can face some of the most severe penalties in the United States, including having an immediate suspension placed on your license upon being arrested. A DUI conviction in Florida may result in a permanent criminal record, your license may be revoked, and you can be placed on probation. Substance abuse classes are mandatory, and even a first-time offense can result in jail time. A second DUI or related offense will most likely carry a prison sentence with it. A third DUI conviction is a felony and may result in up to five years in prison. For years following a DUI conviction, it is likely that your auto insurance premiums will be much higher. If you are not a U.S. citizen, driving under the influence may even result in being deported to your country of origin. If you refuse to submit to a breath test at the scene, you may even face up to one year in jail. Boating Under the Influence Although most people know that operating a road vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is crime, many of them don’t realize that operating a boating vessel is just as serious a crime. If suspected of BUI, vessel operators along Florida’s waterways are required to submit to sobriety tests, and physical and chemical tests to determine blood or breath alcohol content. A vessel operator is presumed to be “under the influence” if his or her blood or breath alcohol level is at or above .08, according to Florida’s BUI statute. Additionally, if a vessel operator who is under the age of 21 and whose blood or breath alcohol content is at or above .02, he or she is in violation of Florida law. BUI Penalties in Florida Boating drunk in Florida and refusing to comply with sobriety exam may result in a suspended boating license, or even loss of your boat.
On an otherwise calm Tuesday afternoon in Miami, Florida, calmness turned to chaos in an instant in the vicinity of NW 27th Avenue is NW 38 Street as a small black sedan collides with the tire of an 18-wheeler hauling a load of cargo. One passenger sitting in the front seat of the sedan is ejected from the car and tragically dies. The other occupant of the vehicle was transported to the hospital and was expected to survive their injuries. If you’re a driver in the state of Florida, this is just one of many tragic traffic accidents that happen almost every day, especially in the crowded metropolitan area of Miami-Dade. Despite the fact that traffic levels and population density vary from county to county, it’s important to understand in the event that you’re involved in a fatal traffic crash such as this one, you’re going to see the same kinds of investigatory steps taken by law enforcement, and if you’re involved, you should be aware of what typically happens. Not only does having a better idea of how law enforcement operates keep you better equipped to handle one of these tragic scenarios should they happen to you, but also, it ensures that you know when and why you might need to seek legal counsel.
If you’re a licensed driver in the State of Florida, you consented to being tested for alcohol or narcotics should you be involved in an accident where there is death or great bodily harm, and you are suspected to driving under the influence. While most actions by law enforcement are largely discretionary, it’s very common that if there is a suspicion that one of the motorists involved in a deadly crash is inebriated or under the influence, there is a zero-tolerance policy that results in automatic testing. Refusal to submit to testing is an offense in of itself which carries a penalty of having a suspended license for six months, not to mention fines and other possible penalties. If you’re a commercial driver, such as the driver involved in the above-mentioned crash, it can be a nightmare. If law enforcement conducts a thorough investigation, it should result in all parties on scene being interviewed if it’s possible to do so. If they cannot interview them on the scene, for example, if one of the drivers is transported to the hospital, interviews are typically conducted when they are conscious and stable enough to provide a statement.
Canvassing and Interviews
Law enforcement in situations such as this is always trying to determine where the crash happened to verify jurisdiction. In a city as large as Miami, that’s not really much of an issue. However, law enforcement being able to conduct a proper investigation means that the door can either open or shut in regards to wrongful death suits. If it becomes apparent that the commercial vehicle operator was driving in a culpably negligent manner, it changes the entire dynamic of the crash. The same can be said if the driver of the sedan was driving at excessive speeds and operating the vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner. To get a better idea of what happened, law enforcement scours the immediate area of the crash for surveillance cameras, which are more and more common these days. They also seek to interview any witnesses that might’ve seen the accident. Doing this enables law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation that not only ensures there isn’t a miscarriage of justice, but most importantly for you the possible victim, that you aren’t deprived of rightful compensation should one of the parties in a crash be civilly responsible. If you feel that an accident investigation may have been improperly conducted, or you discover that an investigation determined the other party wasn’t just criminally liable, but also, likely civilly liable, that’s when it’s time to contact legal counsel to take the necessary action.
Canadian Medical Association Journal, approximately 80% of people search for medical information online. When individuals can’t differentiate between reliable and unreliable sources, they might find themselves accessing information that isn’t accurate at best, and just plain dangerous at worst. Even reliable news sources can tend to focus on trending news or research that is still only in its earliest stages, which can lead to distortions of information if patients aren’t savvy media consumers. According to the New York Times, individuals who are suffering from pain can increase their pain if they read about side effects that turn out to be false. While the placebo effect can create benefits where no benefits exist, the nocebo effect can create the opposite. If a patient believes a certain treatment or certain food will make them sick or worsen their symptoms, they can start to experience pain or worsened symptoms. This again highlights the importance of finding a doctor you can trust who can put you on the right path to rehabilitation after a car accident or after you suffer another serious injury. While alternative medical treatments like massage, acupuncture, or meditation can help alleviate pain, these treatments are no substitute for a licensed doctor’s advice. In some cases, back pain can be alleviated with exercise and meditation, but there are some cases where surgery may be needed. Similarly, individuals who suffer from mild traumatic brain injury might find relief in alternative therapies, but these therapies should never replace a program of rehabilitation guided by a trained medical provider. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident due to the negligence of another person or party, you may be wondering how you’ll afford proper medical care. Not being able to afford rehabilitation shouldn’t be a bar against accessing it. Victims of car accidents, bike accidents, and pedestrian accidents might be able to seek damages from negligent parties for their medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you’ve been hurt in a crash and are wondering how you’ll pay for your medical costs or rehabilitation expenses, reach out to Southwest Injury Law, injury lawyers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our firm can review your case, speak to insurance adjusters, and fight negligent parties inside or outside of court to help you get the recovery you may deserve. Visit our car accident attorneys at Southwest Injury Law today. We may be able to help connect you with the resources you need to heal.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers are wise to practice driving on snowy side roads rather than on main highways were speeds are higher and the consequence of an accident is greater. If you plan to travel into winter conditions, you’ll also want to make sure your car is well-stocked with a safety kit, like shovels, an ice scraper, kitty litter (to get your car out of a snow ditch), flashlight, warm blankets, water, food, and extra medications, should you get stranded. Make sure your battery is well-charged, that all your lights are in working order, and that your windshield wiper fluid is full (and is formulated to prevent ice buildup). Even experienced drivers can find themselves in situations they may not be prepared for. If you plan to drive on snow this winter, the first thing you need to control is your speed. It takes far longer to stop on snow and ice than it does to stop on roads with good traction. If you are following another car too closely, driving too fast, or distracted, accidents can happen. According to the New York Times, the safest thing to do is to adjust your driving to the conditions. For example, one expert explained that drivers should slow down before they perform turns, rather than slowing down through the turn. The New York Times also notes that when it comes to maneuvering on snowing roads, four-wheel drive won’t help your car handle any better than a two-wheel drive. A four wheel drive can only help you if one tire gets stuck in the snow. Tires can also make a difference. If you plan to drive in serious snow conditions, you may want to have winter tires put on your vehicle, or rent a car with winter tires. Chains may be necessary in some states and areas. What happens if you do lose control of your vehicle in winter conditions? Don’t slam on the brakes. Release your foot from the gas, and steer the car where you’ll want to go. If you do find yourself stranded in your car in cold conditions, call for help and stay put until help arrives. If you find yourself in an accident in winter conditions, call the police, make a police report, and seek medical care. Some injuries may not always be immediately apparent after a crash, and adrenaline in your body after an accident can sometimes mask pain or injuries. If you’ve been hurt or if your car has suffered extensive damage, you may be wondering how you’ll pay medical bills and for repairs. You may also want to reach out to the personal injury lawyers at Southwest Injury Law in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our injury lawyers can review your accident to determine whether negligence might have played a role. Winter weather alone is rarely the sole cause of a crash. Human error plays a major role in most all accidents. The Las Vegas, Nevada car accident lawyers at Southwest Injury Law may be able to assist you in speaking to insurance adjusters and fighting negligent parties for your injuries and losses.
Digital Age Marketing Group (DAMG) helping you grow your firm and maximize your profits. SEO is comprised of various strategies that are used to get your website ranking organically, increase the amount of traffic that is drawn to your site, and improve how it ranks across various search engines such as Google that people use every day to find firms like yours. These strategies, when implemented properly, result in real leads being drawn to your website that could potentially convert into a client. But the truth is, not every company that claims they have mastered SEO or promises to get you this traffic is actually able to deliver. The true advantages of having an SEO company working behind the scenes on your website who actually knows what they are doing and aren’t just trying to make a profit is that you too will benefit from the help, guidance, and insight the company can provide you with. And the company that can do this is DAMG.
What makes Digital Age Marketing Group the best SEO company out there?
It’s easy enough to just say we are the best, but our company would much rather prove it. Here are some of the reasons why our past and current clients consider us to be the best SEO company available:
- We can help you build a website that is not only desktop and mobile-friendly, which is a must in today’s day and age, but it is guaranteed to help you retain clients. Websites are everything today. Their layout, the content provided on them, and all the technological aspects of them each play a role in getting yours noticed and clicked on. But, if your website doesn’t meet Google’s expectations, and yes Google has plenty of them, it isn’t going to want potential users who come online to search to find your website. However, with our skilled and experienced website builders on board at DAMG, that is never something you will have to worry about.
- We guarantee you will show up on the first page of Google. Not many companies can offer this promise nor can those who do deliver on it. But DAMG can. For over 10 years, DAMG has promised our clients that we could get them on the first page of Google, and for 10 years, we have continued to keep our word. The truth is, having your website show up on Google’s first page of results can make a difference in whether you get hundreds or even thousands of clicks on your website from potential clients. Most people skim through the first set of search results they see on the first page and make their selection based off of what’s available. Very rarely do individuals, regardless of what they are searching for, go onto the nextpage or the page thereafter. So, you see, being on the first page of Google nearly guarantees that your website is going to be clicked when someone searches for an attorney and your website is one of the first ones to show up on their screen.
- We get you organic traffic. SEO is all about driving organic traffic to your website, not just a lot of it. What we mean by this is that we will draw real people with real legal issues or questions who are in search of an attorney to your website, not just those who are skimming the web. Therefore, rather than tell you that we can get thousands and thousands of visitors to your site that won’t generate a lead, how about we promise you that we will get you organic traffic that is actually going to translate into a client?
- We hone in on your niche, or area(s) of practice, and identify keywords that are profitable. What this means is that we will identify target keywords that potential leads are searching for that can be used to draw them to your website and not the site of your competitor.
- We don’t have employees, we have SEO experts. That’s right. Our team of experts have mastered the ability to keep up with the current SEO strategies and even modify them regularly as they change to ensure you are always getting discovered by your target audience.
- We track and report to you regularly. Rather than having you wonder how our hard work and expertise is paying off for your firm, we will show you. Our experts will provide you with real data, reports, etc. that will highlight exactly how our efforts and knowledge of SEO are paying off and helping benefit and grow your firm.
If you’re looking for a company that can deliver results that will have you saying, “I’m receiving too many leads,” rather than “I’m not getting any calls or traffic to my website,” then DAMG is definitely the ideal choice for you and your legal practice. With online competition at an all-time high and more firms just like yours fighting to gain recognition on the web, it is critical you hire an SEO company that not only can claim they are the best at SEO but can also prove it.
DAMG has helped thousands of law firms both large and small all across the U.S. grow their online presence along with their clientele, and we want to help you achieve the same results as well.
How does a tax deed sale work?
As mentioned, when a property owner fails to pay their taxes, they risk losing their home in a public auction. If their home is placed up for auction in a tax deed sale, they do have the option of buying it back given they fulfill the requirements to do so. Now, when you decide that you want to get in on the bidding on a property, there are a few things you will need to do.In order to gain access to the bidding platform, you first need to register online at https://broward.deedauction.net. Once you do this, you will then need to satisfy the deposit requirements. Broward County’s Records, Taxes, and Treasury Division says that “all bidders must post with the County a deposit equal to the greater of five percent of their anticipated final bid or $200.00.”
When is the tax deed issued and how will it be sent to me?
According to the Broward County’s Records, Taxes, and Treasury Division, once you make the final payment for your tax deed sale, “the Tax Collector will issue and record a tax deed to the successful bidder. The original tax deed will be mailed via first class mail, U.S. Postal Service to the successful bidder at his/her address as shown in the Tax Deed within 10 business days following the sale date.” This can be extremely beneficial to investors as they are able to begin working on their projects rather quickly. Now, in the event the property is redeemed prior to the tax deed being issued, the bidder’s deposit account will be automatically credited.
What if there is a lien on the property?
According to Broward County’s Records, Taxes, and Treasury Division, “some liens may be dischargeable and others may not.” Now, because tax and property laws can be rather complex and difficult to understand, it is important that you do your research prior to bidding on a tax deed so that you know what you are getting yourself into before committing to the purchase. You can also speak with a reputable FL tax attorney should you have a specific question you need addressed. There is plenty more to learn about tax deed sales and while there are various county websites that can provide you with helpful information, none can provide you with the advice and guidance a real estate lawyer can. With that said, if you wish to learn more about tax deeds, have a question about a property you recently purchased, or have run into some issues, contact the Fort Lauderdale, FL real estate lawyers today.
more pedestrian-related accidents occur, we are here to provide you with a few safety tips you can begin implementing now to keep you and your loved ones safe despite all the chaos that might be going on. General Pedestrian Safety Tips According to the Montgomery County Government, pedestrians must remember the following if they want to stay safe this holiday season:
- Just because you see a car headed in your direction doesn’t mean the driver of it sees you. That means you shouldn’t cross the road unless you know it is safe to do so.
- You need to make yourself more visible as drivers are much more distracted this time of year. When walking during the early morning hours or at night, be sure the clothing you are wearing is brightly-colored and that you are carrying reflective accessories.
- You should be carrying a flashlight with you when walking in the dark so that you are able to see where you are going and to help make yourself more visible to drivers.
- You should always be giving your full attention when out walking. This means you shouldn’t be looking down at your cell phone, engaging in a conversation with a friend, or wearing headphones.
Safety Tips for When You are Walking Through a Parking Lot
- As we mentioned above, you should never be using your cell phone when out walking, even if it is just through a parking lot.
- If you had headphones in while shopping, be sure to take them out when you are walking to your car. Not only can this help you to hear when a vehicle is approaching, but it can help also you hear if someone might be approaching you. Remember, as exciting as the holiday season might be, it is also an opportunity for thieves to take advantage of shoppers who are carrying money and expensive items with them that aren’t paying attention to their surroundings.
- Don’t assume drivers see you when walking to or from your vehicle.
- Don’t walk behind a vehicle that is backing out.
- Be aware and constantly look out for moving vehicles.
Some other pedestrian safety tips the Montgomery County Government offer include:
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Walk with confidence and know where you are going.
- Trust your instinct. If you find that someone is making you feel uneasy, avoid the person or leave the area.
- Stick to well-lighted and well-traveled streets. Avoid shortcuts through wooded areas, parking lots, or alleys.
- Do not flash large amounts of cash or other tempting targets like expensive jewelry or clothing.
- Have your car or house key in hand before you reach the door.
- If you believe you are being followed, switch directions or cross the street and walk toward an open store, restaurant, or lighted house.
It is essential that all pedestrians are alert and cautious this holiday season to avoid from engaging in any type of accident or becoming a thief’s next target. However, if you recently suffered an injury while crossing the road or walking through a parking lot in Alexandria and are now seeking answers to some of the legal questions you have, contact Alexandria, LA personal injury attorney Davey Jones. At the Jones Law Firm, we understand how confusing and upsetting this time can be which is why we are here to help you and support you. Our firm is experienced in handling all types of accident cases and will be more than happy to help you fight for the compensation you are entitled to receive for the injuries you suffered.
You can call or visit the Jones Law Firm at: 1330 Jackson Street Alexandria, LA 71301