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Things to know about immigration detention in New Jersey

You may be one of thousands of people who came to New Jersey in search of better lives for themselves and their children. Often, immigrants flee war-torn nations, abject poverty and imminent violence. Others are entrepreneurs who wish to invest in the American economy and add their own business ideas and savvy skills to the mix. Life as an immigrant is often challenging; many people face language barriers and/or obstacles with their visas or other residency status issues.

If your transition here has sometimes caused you worry or stress, you are definitely not alone. In fact, many immigrant families say they live in constant fear of separating from one another due to possible immigration detention. Understanding the deportation process and knowing where to turn for help may help you avoid problems and alleviate stress so you and your family can focus on building a new, happy life in the United States.

Data shows occupations may affect family law outcome

While the media may speak lightly of divorce, for almost anyone going through it, it is an emotional and potentially overwhelming affair. While in the midst of it, many in New Jersey may not be able to pinpoint the reasons why their marriages ended. However, new family law data shows that one's job may play an important role in the deterioration of a relationship.

Career experts analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau and found that divorce rates are highest among those who serve as supervisors in the U.S. military. While studies show the national divorce rate is about 41 percent, 30 percent of those working in this capacity file for divorce before the age of 30. In fact, military jobs held three places in the top 10 occupations with the highest divorce rates before reaching 30. Analysts cite time away from home, poor pay, and high-risk assignments as possible contributors to marital stress.

Charged with robbery, now what?

The state of New Jersey does not treat violent crimes lightly. Those accused of such crimes could face significant penalties if ultimately convicted. Robbery is one type of violent crime seen fairly frequently in the state. Are you accused of committing a robbery? If so, you likely have a lot of questions about what this means and what you can do to help yourself.

Some of your question may include the following: How is robbery defined? What does the prosecution need to secure a conviction? What are the consequences of a conviction? Is there any way to fight robbery charges?

ICE arrests lead to need for criminal defense

Fear is a part of everyday life for some in New Jersey. They are fearful that they or a family member will be deported and no longer able to live in the community in which they have raised their children and called home for a number of years. For many of these individuals, the fear of being charged with a crime heightens this deportation fear. If this were to happen, in addition to needing a criminal defense, the individual would need someone familiar with immigration policies as well.

Recently, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested three individuals at a home in New Brunswick. Claiming that this was a criminal matter rather than an immigration one, the three are said to be facing federal charges. However, no details regarding what the actual charges are have been released.

Charges of conspiracy and forgery require criminal defense

Every day, individuals across New Jersey buy and sell cars. Sometimes they buy from a dealer; sometimes they buy from an individual. Most of the time, these transactions require some form of financing; sometimes they are cash transactions. In all cases, however, the title is transferred to the new owner and filed with the proper agency. The need for a criminal defense in any part of this normal, everyday occurrence is not readily apparent.

Unfortunately, individuals sometimes make decisions that appear to be a good idea at the time; however, this later proves to be untrue. Recently, several New Jersey residents were arrested and charged with conspiracy, identity theft, forgery and tampering with public records. These charges are the result of car sale activities that they were involved in over a four year time period.

Single car tragedy results in personal injury and one fatality

Teenagers in New Jersey and across the nation typically have more free time during summer months than they do when schools are in session. Many teens are licensed drivers, which means traffic may be heavier in the summer as well since young people often take to the road to go to the beach, sporting events, or enjoy other summer excursions. Sadly, this also means there may be more risk of personal injury when car accidents occur.

Not every motor vehicle collision involves multiple vehicles, as made evident by a tragic crash that recently occurred in Hamilton. It was approximately 7 p.m. when a car smashed into to several trees. An 18-year-old occupant of the car had to be flown to a nearby medical facility for emergency treatment.

New Jersey doctors provide criminal defense to bribery charges

Whenever possible, New Jersey doctors are in the business of making people well again. In order to do so, they typically examine the patient to determine the problem. Many times, additional tests are needed to provide an accurate diagnosis. Doctors should be able to recommend facilities that they believe will provide the appropriate service without fear of needing to provide a criminal defense.

It appears, however, that this referral practice has recently caused problems for five New Jersey doctors. According to the Office of Attorney General for New Jersey, these doctors were receiving payment for these referrals. In a statement, the OAG indicated that it believes one of the chiropractors charged received in excess of $10,000 in what it referred to as kickbacks.

Is your job worth the risk of driving uninsured?

Life as an immigrant in New Jersey may be fraught with challenges, especially if the person involved in undocumented. Even getting pulled over by police is often enough to prompt a full-blown anxiety attack. You see, most undocumented immigrants drive without valid operators' licenses. If you ask them why, most will tell you it's because they have to drive to get to and from work each day. The question then becomes, "Is driving without a license or insurance worth it just to keep a job?"

The answer to such a question is, of course, individual. Some might say they'll do just about anything to maintain gainful employment in the United States. Others will tell you they'd like to do things differently, but they feel pressed into driving with no license because they have to work to pay their bills.

Study explores safety concerns for teen drivers with ADHD

For teens, there is perhaps no better feeling than securing a driver's license. That's because this laminated document issued by the State of New Jersey not only grants them the ability to drive themselves to school, practice, work and other obligations, but also relative autonomy.

For parents of teens, however, there is perhaps nothing more stressful than their son or daughter securing a driver's license. That's because they not only have to worry about their child being exposed to the dangers of the road, but also their ability to practice safe driving habits.

The natural path toward naturalization

When you arrived in New Jersey from your native homeland, you probably had several hopes and dreams regarding your future life in the United States. In addition to those happy thoughts, you likely also experienced some worry and anxiety, wondering whether obstacles would arise to impede your plans of becoming a citizen. It's no secret that U.S. immigration law is complex and often difficult to understand.

Researching the naturalization process ahead of time and seeking clarification on any points that cause you concern may help expedite the process and get you closer toward achieving your citizenship goals.

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