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What is the difference between pleading “Guilty” and “No Contest”?

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When a Defendant pleads “guilty”, it means the Defendant is admitting to all the facts alleged the plea offer. A plea of “no contest” means that the Defendant, although not admitting to the facts, agrees that if there were a trial he would lose. The Judge still finds the Defendant guilty in both cases. The […]

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“Regular” DUI punishments and fines Part. 1

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If you are charged with a 1st time regular DUI you will be facing the following punishment, fees and fines. “Regular DUI” can be either: impaired to slightest degree above a .08 any drug any drug metabolite vapor releasing substance JAIL Range 1 day – 6months for misdemeanors in general Minimum 10 days jail, but […]

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What is the difference between an Aggravated DUI and an Extreme DUI in Arizona??

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Extreme DUI An Extreme DUI is simply a DUI with an alcohol concentration of .15 or higher with 2 hours of driving. The law also distinguishes between less than .20 and at .20 and greater  in imposing punishment. Aggravated DUI Aggravated DUI requires proof of a DUI offense and one of three additional facts: the […]

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6 Types of DUI-related suspensions and revocations

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Administrative action by the Arizona Department of Transportation can be initiated to suspend or revoke a driver’s license for any of the following 6 reasons. The driver refused an implied consent test. The driver was arrested for DUI, extreme DUI, or aggravated DUI. The driver submitted to implied consent test (usually Breath and/or Blood) and […]

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Same sex immigration visa petitions now treated equally as opposite sex petitions.

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“After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented swiftly and smoothly.  To that end, effective immediately, I have directed U.S. […]

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals explained……

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On June 15, 2012, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano issued memorandum to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and ICE explaining how prosecutorial discretion should be applied to individual people who came to U.S. as children. Specifically, certain young people who do not represent a risk to national security or public safety and […]

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Drone use on border

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Check out this interesting radio piece from NPR. Part of immigration bill will likely be the use of more drones along the border.  

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Documents for Immigration Marriage Petition

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A lot of what immigration law is about is producing evidence to prove your case that you should be awarded an immigration benefit. The following documents prove valuable if not always required in every case. The more of these you have the merrier the process will be. Note that this list is for general use […]

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Can I join Global Entry if I am not U.S. Citizen or Green card holder?

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Global Entry is also available to citizens of the Netherlands who are enrolled in Privium and Korean Smart Entry Service members. Citizens of Mexico may also apply for Global Entry. Canadian NEXUS members have Global Entry benefits, but are not eligible to join. Are all U.S. Visa classifications eligible for participation in Global Entry? If […]

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What is the Global Entry Trusted Traveler Network? How do I apply or join?

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How Does the Global Entry Program Work? Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program. Participants may enter the […]

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