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Immigration and naturalization process can be quite complicated

A man in another state had taken the proper steps to file a petition for permanent residency based on his marriage to a U.S. citizen. He entered the United States well over a decade ago and has raised two sons here, one of whom was born in the U.S. The man and his wife thought that his immigration and naturalization process was going well, especially since his petition for a green card had been accepted. New Jersey residents facing challenges regarding Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers will want to pay close attention to this case.

The situation reportedly stems from a traffic stop police made in May. At that time, the man was issued a ticket for driving with a burned-out headlight. He says he repaired the light the same day and handed his ticket into the local police precinct, where he was informed that the matter was resolved. 

Understanding the consequences of a probation violation

Receiving a sentence of probation after your conviction means you were able to convince the court that you were not a risk to public safety. Perhaps this was your first offense, or the circumstances of the offense were not serious. Your sentence probably brought great relief to you and your family. Probation means you will serve your sentence under supervision but not in jail.

However, now you may be feeling the stress of that supervision. You understand that violating the terms of your probation can bring serious trouble, but do you know what to expect if that should happen?

Man facing immigration and naturalization process problems

Applying for U.S. citizenship can be a complicated process for New Jersey residents and others. Especially if the applicant has information on his or her record that may cause concern among Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, obstacles may cause significant delays or otherwise impede the immigration and naturalization process. A man in another state thought he was going to improve his lifestyle when he applied for citizenship but instead, has been sitting in detention since January because of the events that unfolded at a Citizenship and Immigration Services center.

The man had gone to the center in January in order to file his application to become a U.S. citizen. He had no way of knowing, of course, that his application would trigger his own ICE arrest. He was placed in detention regarding an old deportation order on his record that dated back to 2010.

What objects could police consider drug paraphernalia?

Facing criminal charges can turn anyone's life upside down. Even if you believe that you have not done anything wrong, police officers could charge you if they suspect that you are involved in some type of criminal activity. Suddenly, a normal day could turn into you facing a serious predicament.

One type of charge that could catch you off guard is possession of drug paraphernalia. Police may consider a number of seemingly everyday objects to be drug paraphernalia depending on the context in which authorities find them. However, you can still defend against this allegation in hopes of avoiding unnecessary consequences.

New Jersey vehicle occupant suffers serious personal injury

Members of a New Jersey community are in mourning this week after recently learning about the death of a local resident. The man happened to be a police officer and was involved in a tragic motor vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer.  Preliminary reports were unclear was to whether the officer was or was not on duty at the time of the collision that resulted in serious personal injury and a fatality.

What was clear was the fact that there was another person in the same vehicle. Witnesses say the car slammed into the back of the cab of a tractor-trailer that was not hauling its trailer at the time. One witness described seeing two people ejecting from the car upon impact.

Couple's marriage interview led to immigration detention

Like many New Jersey couples have done in the past, a woman in another state recently attended a Stokes interview. She happens to be a U.S. citizen and had been married to her husband, a Nicaraguan immigrant, for three years when the date for their immigration marriage interview finally arrived. She was confident all would go well because she was prepared to show clear documentation that would substantiate the legitimacy of their marriage. The woman was left feeling completely distraught when the interview not only did not go well, it resulted in immigration detention for her spouse.  

The couple went to their marriage interview armed with photo albums, printed statements from a jointly owned bank account and other hard copy evidence that their relationship is sincere. During the interview, officials asked her to step out of the room where she and her husband had been answering questions. This is not uncommon in such circumstances, as one of the means officials use to determine if a marriage is legitimate is to question spouses separately, then compare their answers.  

Joe Giudice's legal problems now include immigration

Many TV fans watch Real Housewives of New Jersey and are familiar with Joe Giudice and his wife, Teresa. Those who have been following the couple's recent legal situation may also be aware that Giudice is serving a 41-month prison sentence for bank fraud. To make matters worse, an immigration order has been issued that states he is to be immediately deported to Italy as soon as he is released from jail. 

Giudice was reportedly brought to the United States with his parents when he was a 1-year-old. He grew to adulthood without obtaining U.S. citizenship. When he pleaded guilty to bank fraud, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials filed a detainer regarding his current legal status.  

Can travel affect my residency status?

If you obtained your green card quickly with little effort, you are one of the rare immigrants to the U.S. It is more likely that you went through a lengthy and frustrating process, waiting months or years before gaining lawful residency status. Whether you intend to seek citizenship in the U.S. or you are here for a specific purpose, the last thing you want to do is jeopardize your green card status.

One of the quickest ways to lose your lawful residency is to break the law. It is important to understand that the standards the government sets for those in the immigration system are much stricter than those for U.S. citizens. However, there is another factor that may endanger your green card status.

New Jersey roadways wrought with danger this past weekend

When a New Jersey motorist gets behind the wheel, there is no guarantee his or her final destination will be arrived at without incident. However, when one adheres to traffic regulations and remains cautious and alert while driving, chances of collision may decrease. Then again, no matter how safe a driver happens to be, another person's negligence can cause sudden disaster.  

State roadways were reportedly wrought with danger this past weekend as several fatal accidents occurred. In fact, there were a total of seven deaths; several others survived serious injuries. The third of three fatal weekend crashes occurred on a Sunday when a car suddenly careened off the road.  

IKEA CALYPSO lamps lead to personal injury

IKEA fans in New Jersey may be impacted by a recent recall of some of the company's lamps. Specifically, IKEA is recalling its CALYPSO ceiling lamps due to the personal injury they can cause a consumer. The particular lamps being recalled are those that were bought after August of 2016.

IKEA issued the recall of the lamps after receiving reports that they were detaching, falling and shattering on the ground. As a result, they can pose a laceration hazard. Thus far, 19 falling incidents have been reported, with three of them leading to minor injuries.

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