Defense Strategies for Embezzlement Charges in Iowa
Embezzlement is the fraudulent taking of property that has been entrusted to the person’s care. A business bookkeeper who secretly transfers funds from a business account to her own account has committed the offense of embezzlement. A warehouse manager who steals goods and deletes them from warehouse records to conceal the theft would also be […]
Which Relatives May a US Citizen Bring to the US?
The State Department issues family-based immigrant visas to citizens of a foreign country who are sponsored by the immediate relative of a US citizen. More distant relatives and relatives of a lawful permanent resident may be eligible for a family preference visa. There are many reasons that US citizens and lawful permanent residents (green card […]
What Is Meant by a Rising BAC Defense?
Chemical tests of drivers are designed to detect their blood alcohol concentration (BAC). In Iowa, the “legal limit” for most drivers is a BAC of 0.08. Driving with a BAC above 0.08 is sufficient proof of the crime of operating while intoxicated (OWI or DUI) even if the driver is in complete and careful control […]
Can ICE Investigators Use a Private Database?
The federal agency charged with enforcing immigration laws, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has surprised Congress with its willingness to invade the privacy of citizens while searching for people who entered or remained in the country without proper documents. Researchers at Georgetown University discovered that ICE is paying for access to private databases that […]
Why You Need an Immigration Lawyer
Are you a business owner seeking to hire or retain a foreign born employee? Are you a United States citizen who wants to marry someone who lives outside of the United States? Are you seeking to become a United States citizen? These common situations involving immigration, and many others, often require the assistance of an […]
What is a “Sanctuary City” and Why Does it Matter?
“Sanctuary city” is an informal term used to describe cities or jurisdictions where local law enforcement does not cooperate with federal immigration authorities regarding the enforcement of civil immigration laws. The majority of the controversy with sanctuary cities centers around federal government Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) detainers requesting local law enforcement to hold individuals […]