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Lancaster, CA Assault Lawyers on Assault on Immigrants

It can be a very dangerous life if you’re in the country illegally. There are so many situations where Americans instinctively rely on rights and governmental assistance that they take for granted — and you can’t. If you get attacked by a malicious person on the street, you can’t go to the police without risking discovery and deportment. This makes it particularly dangerous in rowdy areas to “look like an immigrant” — even worse to act like one.

 

Fortunately, there is one ‘counter-loophole': a law that protects one group of immigrants who would otherwise be in one of the most difficult situations you can imagine — domestic abuse victims. If you can imagine the terror of living with someone who is physically violent with you, believing that if you tell anyone you’ll be taken out of the country and never allowed back — or worse yet, if you don’t have to imagine — be assured.

 

The Violence Against Women Act protects illegal immigrants, granting them an opportunity to remain in the country — a path to citizenship — if they can show that they’re in an abusive relationship. Despite the name, the Act protects male and female immigrants equally, as well as the illegal children of abusive spouses.

 

If you think you might need the protection offered by this law, here’s what you need to know:

 

  • You must file the VAWA petition within 2 years of the most recent abuse.
  • The abuse must be considered “battery” (unwanted physical contact) or “extreme cruelty” (mental, emotional, or sexual abuse.)
  • You must be the spouse, parent, or child of the abuser, and live with them.
  • You must establish your own good moral character.
  • If you are the spouse of your abuser, you must prove that your marriage is legitimate.
  • If you are divorced from the abuser, the divorce most be because of the abuse, and must have been finalized within two years of the petition filing.

 

If you can meet those six criteria, you can file under the VAWA. If you can acquire a police report, a restraining order, or any other form of official paperwork that indicates that there is a legal background for your claim of abuse, it will help your petition immensely. If you need assistance, call <a href=”http://attorneyzuniga.com/restraining.html”>Lancaster, CA assault lawyers</a> at the Law Offices of Jesus Zuniga today.

Lancaster, CA Domestic Violence Lawyers on Child Custody

If you’re a parent that has been found guilty of an act of domestic violence and you love your children, you’d better work very hard to ensure that your spouse stays with you. Once you’ve gotten a domestic violence charge on your record, it’s very easy for a child custody lawyer to make sure that you don’t end up responsible for — or even necessarily able to contact — your own children.

 

According to the <a href=”http://attorneyzuniga.com/criminaldefense.html”>Lancaster, CA domestic violence lawyers</a> at the Law Offices of Jesus Zuniga, even if your act of violence hasn’t been discovered, you’re not in the clear yet. Should you significant other turn in any evidence they have of your violent act, the court could make a finding that you have ‘perpetrated domestic violence.’ If they find that the act occurred within five years of your current custody battle, they’ll argue that there should be a presumption that giving you sole or even joint custody would be detrimental to the child’s best interests.

 

That presumption will be the one the court proceeds under unless and until you rebut it with a preponderance of the evidence (in other words, you prove that you having custody of your child will be better for the child than otherwise.)

 

What Counts as Domestic Violence?

  • If you have intentionally or recklessly caused (or attempted to cause) physical injury or committed (or attempted to commit) sexual assault, and your victim was a family member, you have committed an act of domestic violence.
  • If you have made a family member afraid that you were about to seriously injure them or someone they loved, you have committed an act of domestic violence.
  • If you have threatened, harassed, struck, destroyed the personal property of, or disturbed the peace of a family member, you have committed an act of domestic violence.

 

If you read those words and they make you think of anything you’ve done in the past five years, think very carefully about how you will feel if you ask for a divorce — or drive your spouse to ask for a divorce — and you completely lose custody of your child. It’s an ugly truth, but no matter how much your spouse seems to accept you for who you are today, once a divorce gets underway, everything changes. You can rely on your soon-to-be ex to find any proof they have of your bad act and argue that you should never see your child again — and mean it.

 

 

Lancaster, CA Expungement Lawyers on CAPC 1203.4

California Penal Code Section 1203.4 gives anyone in Canyon Country, Palmdale, or anywhere else in the state an opportunity to request that a court dismiss an existing conviction from their record. This is a great thing for anyone who made a mistake in the past and is struggling to get past it — if your request is granted, you can officially represent yourself as not having been convicted of that offense, even to potential employers (but see below). That can make a huge difference in the lifestyle of a one-time offender who has reformed.

 

But It is Not a ‘True’ Expungement.

A dismissal of the type in 1203.4 does not erase a conviction as though it never occurred. The statue allows relief from “certain penalties and disabilities” — but not all penalties and disabilities. For example, 1203.4 does not erase your court records, so any half-decent background check will turn up evidence that you were convicted, but successfully applied for relief under section 1203.4 — which is virtually identical in the minds of a conscientious employer.

 

It does not enable you to possess guns if you are banned from doing so because of a prior conviction. It does not enable you to drive a vehicle if you are banned from doing so because of a prior conviction. It does not remove you from the sex offender registry. And the Federal and State governments, including the courts, aren’t obligated to pay attention to the 1203.4 dismissal — they can still hold your dismissed conviction against you without any special effort. This can make it difficult to get a professional license, for example, and your dismissed conviction will absolutely be used against you in court if it becomes relevant.

 

It Is The Best California Has to Offer

Despite all of that, the State of California has no other options for people who want to have a conviction removed from their record. In short, CAPC 1203.4 is the only option — and even then, you’ll definitely want a <a href=”http://attorneyzuniga.com/index.html”>Lancaster, CA expungement lawyer</a> to help you make sure that your dismissal goes well. Like all legal processes, it’s very easy to do incorrectly and thus fail.

Lancaster, CA Abogados Defensa Criminal: Mala Conducta

La mayoría de la gente disfruta de un buen policías y abogados serie dramática de vez en cuando – pero es un grave error pensar que usted sabe cómo la policía va a (o incluso debe) acto porque eres un fan serio de CSI o SVU. La verdad acerca de las reglas que los policías deben seguir son mucho más estricta en algunos aspectos, y mucho más flojo que en otros, de ese tipo de espectáculo se centran generalmente en. Aquí, nuestro <a href=”http://attorneyzuniga.com/criminaldefense.html”> Lancaster, CA abogado defensa criminal</a> revelar algunas áreas que la gente con frecuencia no saben que los policías están violando las reglas:

 

Amenazar Obstrucción de la Justicia

Esto es grande en policía muestra: si usted no ayuda a la policía, ellos te cobran con obstrucción. Es tristemente una amenaza común en la vida real, también, y es uno que no tiene dientes. Si miente a la policía en la corte, engañar intencionalmente a la policía en una investigación, destruir pruebas o manipular testigo – que es la obstrucción de la justicia. Usted está bajo obligación cero para ayudar a la policía de cualquier manera – simplemente no consigue en su camino, y te irá bien.

 

La Debacle de Miranda Derechos

Los dramas de policías realmente han metido a la gente en este caso. Derechos Miranda (“Usted tiene el derecho a permanecer en silencio”, etc.) son absolutamente no es necesario si usted está bajo arresto. La única vez que se requieren derechos de Miranda es cuando:

  • Usted va a ser detenido en contra de su voluntad (el término legal es “puesto en custodia de la policía), y
  • Usted va a ser interrogado (es decir, que van a hacer preguntas que demuestren que usted cometió un delito.)

Esto puede (ya menudo lo hace) sucede después de haber sido colocado bajo arresto, pero no hay conexión alguna entre los derechos de Miranda y el hecho de su detención.

 

Interrogan Usted Después de Invocar su Derecho a un Abogado

Los policías harán casi cualquier cosa para conseguir que usted comience a hablar, porque una vez que empiezas, saben podrás seguir hablando. Ellos te acosan, abusan verbalmente, truco, engañan, y hacia fuera y hacia fuera mentira para que usted consiga a romper su silencio. La realidad es que tan pronto como se leen los derechos Miranda, literalmente, cualquier cosa que diga puede ser usado en su contra en un tribunal de justicia.

 

La única cosa correcta para decir a un oficial de policía después de escuchar “usted tiene el derecho a permanecer en silencio” es “¿Soy libre para irse, y si no, ¿por qué no?” Entonces, ya sea a pie (si puede), o continuar con el siguiente paso, que es “yo estoy invocando mi derecho a silencio y consejo. Este interrogatorio ha terminado.” Si sólo invoca su derecho a guardar silencio, pueden seguir a sentarse allí y tejón que durante el tiempo que pueden – y lo pueden hacer en turnos, turnos y no lo deja dormir, hambre, y sed hasta que empiece a hablar, así que hacer las dos cosas, y qué tanto antes de contestar una sola pregunta de los policías.

 
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