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- Man with 9 prior DUI's serves only 2 weeks in jail before being released on DUI charge.
We have the individual enrolled in a medical program -- alcoholism is a disease and it needs treatment, not jail. We were able to bring an expert to show support was better the jail-time, and the client was on pre-release from the jail within two wee...Read More »
- Family child support case results in Dad's child support terminated.
Dad asked for our help to stop child support for his aged-out children. The problem was that he had significant arrears still due. We stopped the child support and setup a payment plan at a minimal amount that allowed Dad to remain in compliance, and...Read More »
- Two and a half year old indictment dropped to simple DUI!
Client was charged with multiple DUI's, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, damage to propery, fleeing after an accident and failure to appear. All dropped to a single, non-enhanced DWI charge. Montgomery County, Maryland....Read More »
- Smashing victory on multi-count indictment!
So what does happen if you receive a second DUI after the first DUI was for serious property damage and injury to another? Nothing good! Our client was facing thirteen counts in an indictment set for trial in November. All charges but one simple DWI ...Read More »
- EEO Case on cusp of settlement -- we convinced the Agency to stop before it started!
Our client was sexually harassed, and then retaliated against when she complained. A manager, Ms. Lockley [not her real name] was demoted and then given a bad review. We helped draft the complaint, and continue to guide her through the process. When ...Read More »
- Another protective order victory gives mom back her home.
After a grueling ordeal of her and her child living in her car for seven days, we successfully defeated a protective order hearing in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Sometimes, doing the right thing means fighting for those with no voice at all....Read More »
- Attempts to trap Client Fail -- Protective Order dropped!
Joey Tutone, our newest addition at Hanover Law, forced a smashing victory when a case involving multiple children and alleged abuse was dropped in full by the alleging parent. This was done after evidence was presented that made continuing the case ...Read More »
- After a multi-year fight, Hanover Law client wins green-card!
The current Administration in the Whitehouse has caused serious problems for LPR applicants. This customer came to us several years ago, and despite the new Administration, our appeal and "fight" resulted in success!...Read More »
- Is a Child’s Opinion Considered in The Determination of Child Custody?
Is a Child’s Opinion Considered in The Determination of Child Custody? During a divorce, determining which parent the child will live with as well as the visitation rights of the non-custodial parent is an emotional and potentially ...Read More »
- Immigrating to the US: Green Card vs. US Citizenship
Immigrating to the US: Green Card vs. US Citizenship Are you planning to visit and immigrate to the US anytime soon? You are not alone because a lot of people consider moving to the US is a solution to finding their success in lif...Read More »
- DUI, Drugs, and travel outside the US (immigration) -- what the heck!?
The Trump Administration has nothing on anti-immigrant senti...Read More »
- Exception to Discharge -- attacking bankruptcy filings in Federal Court
I was recently asked to discuss how the heck you coul...Read More »
- Analyzing Prior Removal Orders -- or are they? (immigration law)
A fellow practitioner asked a question regarding deportation and future relief. I thought t...Read More »
- Check writing, Forgery, Uttering and what comes next (criminal law)
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- Appealing a visa denial from a consulate or embassy
Recently, a colleague of mine asked for help with a non-immigrant visa that was denied at...Read More »
- New Provisional Waiver -- I-601A. Key for EWI I-30 Processing
The long awaited issuance of the state-side 601A waiver is over! The new regulations go into effect 04 March 2013. This is great news to many individuals waiting for 601 waivers in order to proceed with their I-130/I-485 processing packages. ...Read More »
- Does your client have a right to see the evidence against him? (Criminal)
Part of the job of a good defense attorney is to fight. Not random gestures aimed at demons and ghosts, but rather concerted efforts to prevent our clients from being trampled by the well intentioned bootheels of the prosecutorial beasties. A recent ...Read More »
- The difference between "credible fear" and "reasonable fear" interviews by ICE/DHS
From time to time we run into this question -- what is the difference between there two types of interviews? A recent question asked on an immigration board, to which we belong, is typical: I have a detained client who received a positiv...Read More »
- Matter of Avetisyan and Immigration Court Case Control
A seasoned immigration attorney, Ms. Alison Yew, started a discussion regarding tactics in immigration court. I responded to her question, and thought the answer could be useful to other practitioners and individuals working on immigration cases.Read More »
- How to file a 212H waiver in immigration court
Alright, this is a short and dirty posting today. I was doing research online, and noticed that there is a dearth of "how to" guides on 212(h) waivers. The 212(h) waiver is valid for LPR's who originally adjusted their status while in the US. Althoug...Read More »
- What the HECK!? A story of co-worker harassment gone wild
What happens when you work with a person that goes off the rails? Do you have to put up with ...Read More »
- BDSM and public lewdness in front of children. WHAT!?
Every once in awhile, we get a wing-dinger of a question. This rates right of up there! However, it does bring into question what constitutes free speech, and what constitutes lewd conduct. The question: Let's say that you are into the B...Read More »
- I want to get money from my abuser -- can I make him pay if I get a protective order against him?
We don't usually get questions about prosecuting domestic abuse issues -- most people hire us to defend them against accusations! However, I did receive a question recently from a potential client who wanted to know more about what could be aw...Read More »
- Getting an Arrest Warrant dismissed - how to quash
The errors in my warrant of arrest are that they put the wrong address and phone nu...Read More »
- How to release an immigrant from detention if the underlying case is dropped
A bit of a mouthful for this blog title -- but it is a surprisingly common topic. What steps do you follow if the case is terminated in Immigration Court, but the client is still detained. This usually happens when there is a joint motion to close (t...Read More »
- Driving under the influence of drugs - immigration consequences
What happens if you are convicted of a DUI (driving under the influence) based on drugs. An interesting discussion. If you have digested a drug, are you in possession of that drug for immigration purposes? Steve presented the following scenario on...Read More »
- Petty drug exception - admissions vs. deportability. NOT THE SAME
Here's the scenario: Steve was working with a client in VA state court. He asked for adv...Read More »
- Can my family hire me as an immigrant in the United States?
So I was in the office today, and received an email requesting assistance with the following question: I would like details about a green card. I have family who are citizens here. They own a business, can they sponsor me for a green car...Read More »
- Can my employer fire me for being away on jury duty?
We answered a question about jury duty, and I thought it might be helpful for others: Must an employer pay the salary of employee who lives in DC, and is required to serve on a jury at DC Superior Court, even if they work in Maryland or ...Read More »
- When you are accused of hitting your child -- assault on a family member.
When does hitting your child (intentionally or unintentionally) lead to legal problems? A question was asked on a legal bulletin board yesterday, and we responded with an explanation of DC law. This information is worth sharing on the blog, as it is ...Read More »
- Naturalization and Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude
I was recently given the following fact pattern, and asked about what, if any effect, it would have on naturalization. This is a good question, and it illustrates the limits of petty exception rule quite well: Dear Sean: I have a potenti...Read More »
- Evidence and opening statements in Immigration Court
A colleague asked me about the rules of court, regarding evidence in immigration proceedings. I thought I would share the answer here: I have a CAT only IH coming up. I want to introduce a news article that I feel is relevant. Can I refe...Read More »
- Criminal Past? How to handle it when sponsoring someone for immigration benefits.
What happens when you have a criminal past, but want to bring your family into the United States? That of course, depends on the crime. Conviction of a crime against minors is a particularly serious form of criminal past that present a serious bar to...Read More »
- Someone threatens to show your nude pictures...what do you do?
A great question was asked about how to handle a threatening letter involving pictures. I answered the question, and thought I would share the results here. The question was: if I find naked pictures of me in an envelope and an anonymous...Read More »
- When is a DUI an aggravated felony? When it involves a child.
I subscribe to an immigration lawyer group, and a great question was asked about DUI's. I thought I would share this. The question dealt with whether a DUI was a CIMT. Oh, and the person was also convicted of child endangerment. My answer follows: ...Read More »
- DOD Security Clearance -- or EEO Violation? What happens when you are denied a job because you don't get a clearance?
A potential client contacted us with a very frustrating problem. He was a retired disabled veteran looking to get a federal job. He received an offer letter, but could not be placed until his clearance came through. His clearance ended up being lost ...Read More »
- Appeals -- summary judgment and evidence
When considering a summary judgment, the standard for review at the appeals level is "de novo" -- this is well established. However, what, if any, restrictions exist as to what evidence may be presented outside of what was originally show to the lowe...Read More »
- Notario Fraud - a discussion on what to do (this one is different!)
In the immigration community, you commonly hear about Notario's scamming innocent immigrants in the US. Often, the Notario is a not trained in law at all, and for a large sum of money, files the wrong papers and causes no end of trouble for the immig...Read More »
- Garnishment: Federal Pay and Child Support (or garnishment issues)
This may be helpful for individuals working on child support cases, or answering/ch...Read More »
- Can you renounce foreign citizenship to avoid deportation?
No. Although, it would be interesting to see if you renounced your citizenship at your home embassy and then were placed in removal proceedings, what effect that would have. Most likely, the government would determine your renunciation was not...Read More »
- Lessons from the Criminal Bar -- making up a sentence and crafting probation
A couple of hard learned lessons from criminal court in DC. Certain criminal activity doesn't have a sentence associated with it. When that happens, go for misdemeanor 180/$1000. This is especially true for inchoate crimes (attempt, cons...Read More »
- Criminal Consequence for Immigration -- a snapshot
I recently had a great discussion with a colleague of mine regarding criminal/immigration consequences. I thought I would post the distilled form of the discussion here. By the way, if you need a great immigration attorney in New Jersey, be sure to c...Read More »
- Appealing Jury Verdicts -- the standards and the risks
It is worth noting the standard of review for jury trial verdicts in most appeals courts. The following is from the DC Court of Appeals, but most states follow a similar position: when the jury decides an issue of fact, the appeals court cannot chang...Read More »
- VA Bankruptcy -- a warning to those filing for the Homestead Exemption
Just a quick post here -- remember that you must file your notice of homestead election (VA) with the circuit court in the County were the debtor resides. This must be done by the fifth day after the meeting of creditors. See VA Code §34-17. I...Read More »
- Overstaying Your VISA: duration-of-stay (D/S) stamp on the I-94 offers a way out
Just a quick footnote. I was speaking with a client today about her son who was out-of-status and had been since 2013. She was an LPR, but he was bum out of luck. Or was he? He arrived in the US with his parents in 1997 under the J2 category. Duratio...Read More »
- HB1, EB, and Employer sponsored greencards -- can they charge you for the service?
A recent post on a legal bulletin board asked about the intersection of immigration and employment law. It is worth noting that this type of case is far too common, and extremely disturbing. While an employee should be mindful of his/her loyalty to t...Read More »
- Do you have to pay taxes on divorce settlement amount?
I recently answered a question on a legal bulletin board, and I thought the topic was relevant for our broader practice audience. I recevied 444,000 as a divorce settlement; I am liable for the taxes on this amount? Shor...Read More »
- Technique to beat a felony in a mixed felony/misdemeanor case
An interesting case was recently decided in Virginia that has potential implications across all jurisdictions. It is more a strategy than anything else, and certainly the concept is not new. But it worth recalling from time-to-time, that the basics a...Read More »
- O1 determination ignored for EB1 - what the heck!
Recently, I was asked to help on a last minute EB-1 appeal. After researching the case, we came across the fact this individual had already been approved for an O-1 visa -- for 10 years! The AAO adjudicator told the client that he was lying and that ...Read More »
- Federal Appeals: Discretionary Appeal under 28 U.S.C. §1292(b)
This is a quick article outlining the process for interlocutory appeals in the midst of a federal lawsuit. When the court has ruled on a summary judgment, or partial summary judgment, an appeal may be requested. It is not automatic, and the District ...Read More »
- Bankruptcy, Chapter 13, and getting your stuff back....
I am in month 41 of a 60 month chapter 13 plan. The trustee has just paid off my car. I want to sell it but I am informed by my lawyer that I won't get the title till the 60 months is complete. He says I just have to leave it sit and cont...Read More »
- So you want to travel to the United States while your I-130/I-485 is pending? See how...
It is possible to travel to the US while your application is pending. There is a very important distinction: if you are already in the United States, and your sponsor (that's the person who filed the I-130) has filed a one step application (I-130/I-4...Read More »
- When husband and wife fight -- who has rights in a jointly owned business?
We practice family and civil/corporate law VA, MD and DC. An excellent, and not uncommon question, was asked of us recently regarding family disputes over a 50/50 owned husband and wife company. My husband and I started an #S-Corp...Read More »
- Remember -- you can't bargain away the obligations of an I-864 sponsor
I was recently asked about and I-864 (Affidavit of Support), and how it could be extinguished. Can you have a signed & witnessed indemnification that you cannot sue or require financial support from a person who legally sponsored you...Read More »
- When Non-Practitioners Make Interesting Observations -- OR don't critique if you aren't swimming in the pond.
From time-to-time, I read a post or blog article by a so called "expert" in the field of legal business. The article, entitled,Read More »
- What happens at a credible fear hearing before an immigration judge?
Credible fear hearings refer to the pr...Read More »
- IMMIGRATION LAW - What defines a brief, casual, and innocent departure from the US? Or, how to avoid being deported for breaking continuous residency.
We just filed a response brief for a client that had left the country when he was under TPS (temporary protected status). His original country of origin was El Salvador. The problem, of course, is that when you are in the US under TPS, you are not pe...Read More »
- General Questions about Family, bankruptcy, and criminal law.
I recently provided a variety of answers to various legal questions in VA and DC -- although these apply in concept to every state. I provide them here in my blog to help any others with similar concerns. QUESTION: My wife and I are separated....i...Read More »
- Post Immigration Court -- what happens if I lose?
A colleague of mine asked for information on what happens after an adverse decision by the Immigration Court. The Judge ruled against her client, and she sought guidance on how to proceed. I just received word that my client's CAT and Withholding ...Read More »
- Delaware jury instructions for breach of fiduciary duty and other shareholder matters
This is a quick review for those individuals looking for Delaware jury instructions dealing with interested directors, minority shareholder oppression, and breach of fiduciary duty. We just completed a week long jury trial in DC covering these topics...Read More »
- How to fight for your investment in a small business
From time-to-time we answer questions related to business law -- and this one deals with lulling, equitable estoppel, breach of contract, and fraud. Right up our alley! The petitioner wrote: I have an affidavit of trust signed with my em...Read More »
- How to prepare an immigration relief matrix
This is a brief post today -- but I had a great question from a fellow practitioner, and I know it was a problem for me, too, when I first started practicing. This advice applies to immigration court relief, but oddly, is the same (largely) tactic ta...Read More »
- BIA - appealing an absentia ruling from immigration court (attorney error)
I was recently helping a colleague to work through an appeal for a client who came to her with a missed court hearing. Generally, the first line of defense is to file with the original court, and provide evidence that the Court date was not received....Read More »
- How to Sell Shares as a Private Business - Rule 504 of the SEC
So you own a small business, and are contemplating obtaining investors? Good news -- It's possible! Bad news, you better know what the heck you're doing. Care is required here. As a small company contemplating a Rule 504 filing under Regulation D ...Read More »
- Difference between JOINT filing and CONSENT filing
As a practitioner in both Federal and State jurisdictions, I am often consulted on matters that cross between both types of Courts. A recent question posted to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is a good example. In this case, a pra...Read More »
- How can a non-profit organization engage in for profit work?
I was recently asked the following question on an online legal website: I am a member of a Church Vestry in Virginia. The church is a 501(c)(3), and it owns a piece of retail property. If we lease the retail property to generate income, ...Read More »
- Expungement and Letter of Good Conduct -- DC Rehabilitation Actions
A client came to our office on Friday, and asked the following question regarding expungement in DC: I was accused of breaking and entering in Washington, DC in 2006. I pled out to a misdemeanor with no jail time. I long ago completed my...Read More »
- When the judge becomes a recalcitrant -- how to protect your client
While speaking with several great colleagues on the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) discussion boards, I had a chance to share my experiences working with judges who would not allow testimony in the immigration court context. I was as...Read More »
- Prostitution And Entrapment -- An Argument for the Defense
I recently had a chance to speak with a potential client about solicitation, prostitution, and entrapment. Can a police officer actually have sex with an escort and still threaten that same escort with solicitation and prostitution charges in DC? Tha...Read More »
- Enhanced DUI charges in DC -- and how to fight them
DUI Defense in DC -- how to beat an enhancement charge. We recently had a jury trial in DC concerning a 2nd DUI. At the sentencing, our firm presented that enhancements should not apply. Essentially, our client obtained his first DUI in VA....Read More »
- Immigration Asylum -- the 1 year clock (and other questions)
Recent questions posted on AILA about the one year clock and exceptional circumstances. I recently answered two questions on thee AILA member board, and thought I would share both the questions and the answers here. Although these were aime...Read More »
- New Supreme Court case allows officers to make a mistake of law -- but still have a valid stop.
Is the Supreme Court decision in HEIEN v. NORTH CAROLINA (574 U.S. ___ (2014), Case 13-604) really new law? There has been a recent flurry of debate regarding the Supreme Court decision inRead More »
- President Obama's Executive Action...illegal? I think not!
In an interesting twist to the ongoing debate about immigration, a Federal Court in PA held that President's Obama's executive action on immigration -- namely, shifting enforcement priorities and granting defacto status to illegal aliens -- including...Read More »
- Setting up the jury -- jury operations in DC, and tactics at the Bar
Jury Management = Trial Success Beyond closing arguments, my trial experience has taught me that jury instructions and voire dire are probably the most important aspect of civil and criminal trials in state and federal courts. This stems fr...Read More »
- IMMIGRATION WEBINAR: 18 December 2014 at 1pm (FREE!)
Entry into the United States -- whether as a visitor for a short duration, or an immigrant with an intent to stay -- is a complicated area of law. Learn how to advise your clients -- and how to help yourself! -- while navigating the changing landscap...Read More »
- NEW IMMIGRATION RELIEF: DACA EXPANDED -- NO MORE AGE LIMIT!
DACA is Now Available to All! With President Obama's announcement last night, DACA (Deferred Action, Childhood Arrival) has been expanded. Previously, the age cap was 31 -- individuals older than 31 could not apply. That cap has been ...Read More »
- NEW IMMIGRATION RELIEF: DEFERRED ACTION FOR PARENTS
DACA expanded to parents of US Citizen or LPR children! With his announcement last night, President Obama fundamentally changed the immigration landscape. If you are here illegally in the United States, and have a US Citizen or LPR child, y...Read More »