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Extradition

On November 13, 2022 the country was shocked by the brutal and tragic murders of four University of Idaho students. This developing story has the country mourning and perplexed by the vicious actions that seem to just not make any sense. The main suspect in the case, Bryan Kohberger, is facing four counts of first degree murder and also one count of felony burglary. On December 30th, 2022 more than a month after the murders Bryan Kohberger was arrested in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania Read More

The H1B Visa

A step by step summary on getting an H1B Visa

If you are seeking an H1B visa, please note that the fiscal year 2024 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 17, 2023. The clock is ticking. What is the process for an H1B? Below, I describe the steps as simply as possible:
 

First Here Is What You Need To Get The H1B Visa

  1. You need a job offer from a U.S. employer for a role that requires specialty knowledge.
  2. You need proof of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in that field
  3. Your employer must show that there is a lack of qualified U.S. applicants for the role

Second Here Are The Steps You Need To Take To Get An H1B Visa.

  1. Register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and be selected to apply.

The cap is at 65,000 visas per fiscal year. If you have a master’s degree from a U.S. institution, an extra 20,000 visas available for those who have a master’s degree or higher. If the employer who is sponsoring you is an institution of higher education, a nonprofit organization connected to an institute of higher education, or a government research organization, then the visa cap does not apply. Read More

How a Landlord can protect himself if a tenant breaks his lease early.

By: Marcia Giordano Hansen
Recently, a client called me because their tenant had advised that he could no longer pay rent and asked to early terminate his lease agreement. My client was upset because the tenant had 6 months left on the lease agreement. Terminating the lease early would subject my client to many unnecessary and unexpected expenses such as cleaning the property, hiring an attorney to resolve the early termination, paying a broker to re-list the property and paying that broker’s commission and the list goes on and on. My client told me that this tenant had poor credit when he had applied initially but she felt bad and wanted to give him a chance. 
First tip here, when it comes to renting to tenants never “feel bad” and never ” give someone a chance” if your gut is telling you this might cause a future problem. Remember, if it talks like a duck, smells like a duck and walks like a duck, it’s probably a duck…. that cannot pay rent!
First and most importantly, always include an early termination clause in your lease agreement. This clause makes your tenant agree to pay 2 months rent if he or she decides to leave early, before the lease agreement matures. Read More

The Difference between O1 and EB1 Visas

These O1 and EB1 visas are available to those foreigners who have “extraordinary abilities” with international or national recognition in their field of either the Arts, Sciences, Business, Education or Athletics. In order to demonstrate you have sustained national or international acclaim and that your achievements have been recognized in your field of expertise, you must either include evidence of a one-time achievement (major internationally-recognized award) or 3 of the 10 listed criteria below. Read More

The Complexities of Obtaining a Restraining Order

The Complexities of Obtaining a Restraining Order

By Valentina Quintero, Paralegal

Safety is something that everyone wants to feel in their everyday life. We invite people into our lives and inner circle, never imagining that one day this person will be someone that we feel unsafe with. In situations like a messy break-up, divorce, or just a falling out, it’s hard to foresee how other individuals will react or how far they will go with their actions. In certain cases, filing a restraining order, also known as an injunction, is necessary for your protection and safety.  Read More

How a Landlord Property Withholds a Security Deposit in Florida.

Disputes between landlords and tenants in FLorida arise frequently. The most common type of dispute revolves around the security deposit. The security deposit is money that is kept in an account held by the landlord to use, only if, the tenant causes damage to a rental property that exceeds normal wear and tear. I could go on and on about what is or what is not considered normal wear and tear, but that is not the focus of this article. In this article I would like to discuss exactly what a landlord must do to lawfully withhold a security deposit. Florida law is quite strict. Florida Statute Section 83.49 delineates the procedure landlords must follow.  Read More

Can I record a conversation and use it in court?

As the Johnny Depp Vs. Amber Heard defamation trial starts coming to a close after over 20 days of witness testimonies and a nationwide media focus, many questions have arised from the public in regards to what we have seen presented in that Fairfax, Virginia courtroom.

At the heart of the trial are video and audio recordings presented as evidence from both sides to support their argument that one was violent with the other. Many people are wondering how these recordings are even allowed to be submitted into evidence since most of the time it is obvious that one party, either Depp or Heard, is not aware they are being recorded. Such as the infamous kitchen cabinet video where Amber Heard secretly records an angry Johnny Depp slamming the kitchen cabinet doors. Read More

GeoTracking and Its Detrimental Effects on Criminal Cases

Geo Tracking and Its Detrimental Effects on Criminal Cases

Gone are the good old days where a criminal defense attorney could claim “I was not there”. Why? Because of the little communication devices we all carry in our hands, in our pockets, in our purses, 24 hours, 7 days a week. These cell phone devices have become a so called appendage to our bodies due to our insatiable need to always be connected. Our every single movement is “geo-tracked” by our cell phone providers. I recently had the not so pleasurable experience of defending someone whose moves placed him at the crime scene within minutes before the shooting, during the shooting and right after the shooting. The geo-tracking was overwhelmingly persuasive and negative. So what exactly is geo tracking and is it lawful for the government to have access to our every single move? Read More

What Past Clients Say

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I met with several attorneys and I didn’t feel comfortable with any. Marcia walked me through the process and explained everything to me in detail. She was clear and very communicative throughout the ordeal. I recommend Marcia to anyone going through any type of criminal / legal matters.

Jose Martinez 5 March 4, 2019

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