Aware of child abuse? Penalties for Not Reporting Child Abuse in Ft. Lauderdale

In Florida, the penalties for not reporting child abuse and neglect are in the Florida Statutes 39.205 (1)-(4). Any person above the age of 18 who lives in the same house as an abused child and willfully and knowingly fails to report the abuse could face third-degree felony charges. Below is an overview of the penalties this may bring, as well as the defenses the Read More →

What are the causes of youth violence in Ft. Lauderdale? Know the Risk Factors

Parents hoping to protect their children or prevent them from perpetrating violent acts might ask, “What are the causes of youth violence?” And they might wonder if they can intervene to reduce a child’s risk. Some categories of young persons are more susceptible to violent tendencies. Those factors include not only individual factors, but also family environment, peer group and socioeconomic factors. Citing previous research, Read More →

Driver’s License and Traffic Safety Checkpoint in Broward County Next Week

There will be a driver’s license review and safety checkpoint in Broward County on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the 1100 block of Southwest 11th Way in Deerfield Beach. The Broward Sheriff’s Office’s district officials will be proactively checking drivers for valid licenses while inspecting their vehicle and equipment during the traffic stops. If you pass through this block Read More →

What to Do When You Experience Police Harassment in Ft. Lauderdale

It’s normal to feel nervous when interacting with police officers, even when you have no reason to be. Instances of police harassment, excessive use of force and other examples of police wrongdoing have dominated news headlines lately. Some Fort Lauderdale residents may feel like they are in serious danger when facing police intimidation or other forms of harassment. Learn what to do if you feel Read More →

Who in Ft. Lauderdale does U.S. immigration reform affect?

In November 2014, President Barack Obama announced his plans for immigration executive action, applauded by many immigration advocates. The executive action stops short of comprehensive U.S. immigration reform and it doesn’t affect everybody who is in the country without proper documents, but it does help a lot of individuals. Read on to learn more about how the executive action affects certain immigrants. Four Million Immigrants Read More →

Immigration and the Economy

In November 2014, Obama made a much-anticipated announcement regarding his executive action for immigration in the United States. Much of the debate about the announcement has centered on the legality of the executive action. But another hot issue is immigration and the economy, meaning what impact the executive action or comprehensive reform could have on the economy of the United States. Immigration and the Economy: Read More →

What is an affidavit of support in Fort Lauderdale?

When applying for a visa to enter or reside in the United States, a petitioner or sponsor is a must. A petitioner is the person who sponsors the immigrant, and is typically a spouse, family member, or employer. If a sponsor petitions on behalf of an immigrant, he or she must file an Affidavit of Support (AOS). What is an Affidavit of Support?  An AOS Read More →

President Obama’s Immigration Executive Order: Deferred Action and Changes to the Current Immigration Law

On November 20, 2014, President Obama took executive action in an attempt to help some of those suffering because of the United States’ broken immigration system. Although the details and extent of this executive order will be clarified before it takes effect early next year, the president’s plan essentially has three components. Protection for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents First, pursuant to Read More →

Seeking a Marriage Visa in the USA

Those who are U.S. citizens and who are married to foreign spouses can seek a marriage visa in the USA. For those who are not married but are engaged, a fiancée visa is also an option. If you’re attempting to obtain a marriage visa, a Fort Lauderdale immigration attorney can help. What is an immigrant visa for a spouse?  A marriage visa is intended for Read More →

How Criminal Background Checks Work for Ft. Lauderdale Immigrants

For those who are filing for naturalization, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires a background check. If you’re filing for naturalization, here’s what you need to know about how criminal background checks work and how they are carried out. Collecting Fingerprints  The first step of having a background check performed is collecting fingerprint information. The exception to this is if the applicant Read More →

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