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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Wisconsin on
Q: The police came to my house with a warrant for my grandson’s arrest, I sent him out, then they said they needed to searc

House to see if anyone else was there. Okay after that they found a weapon. My question is was that legal? They already had who they came for.

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

In general, if the police have a valid search warrant authorizing them to search a specific location, they are permitted to conduct a thorough search of that area. However, the legality of the search would depend on the scope of the warrant and whether it included authorization to search for other... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I have been kicked out of two hotels, have been racially profiled, discriminated against and overcharged.

What would be the title of best lawyer to represent a case like mine?

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

In your situation, you would likely benefit from seeking a lawyer who specializes in civil rights or discrimination law. These lawyers are experienced in handling cases involving racial profiling, discrimination, and unfair treatment based on protected characteristics such as race or ethnicity.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Family Law, Immigration Law and Child Support for Wisconsin on
Q: I came to the USA on F-1 visa, but now all my family has been resettled to the US. Can I file for a family visa?

I was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but my family moved to Uganda for refugee as a result of the 1997 civil war in the Eastern part of DRC. As such I grew up and attended most of my school in Uganda. In 2017 I got an opportunity to come to the USA for my undergraduate, but over... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

As someone who entered the USA on an F-1 visa, you may be eligible to explore options for family-based immigration. Since your family has been resettled in the US through the refugee resettlement process, you may have the opportunity to apply for a family visa to reunite with them. Family-based... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Immigration Law and International Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Work Visa for International students

I came to the United States (Midwest) in 2017 for my undergraduate studies and graduated with a BS in Civil engineering. I am currently employed as an engineer, with my STEM OPT extension expiring in June 2025. Despite my employer's unsuccessful H1B lottery application last year, they remain... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

Given your circumstances, it may be beneficial to explore both the EB-3 visa and family-based visa options to determine the best path forward. The EB-3 visa could be a viable option if you meet the eligibility requirements, including having a job offer from a U.S. employer willing to sponsor you... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Employment Law, Education Law and Employment Discrimination for Wisconsin on
Q: Working while waiting on EB-3 Visa

I am currently on STEM-OPT Visa and my company is working on helping be obtain an EB-3 Visa. There seems to be a couple steps;

1. Submitting and obtaining PERM Certificate.

2. Filing the form I-140 petition

3. Wait for Your Priority Date

4. Adjusting status.... View More

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

The processing times for each stage of the EB-3 visa process can vary significantly based on several factors, including the volume of applications being processed and the specifics of your case. Generally, obtaining a PERM Certificate can take about 6 to 10 months, but this timeframe can fluctuate.... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I currently have child support lien on my vehicle I want to pay what I owe how do I get the title back for my car

Do I need attorney for this I asked county child support they are giving me a runaround

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answered on Feb 8, 2024

In Wisconsin, to remove a child support lien from your vehicle and get the title back after paying what you owe, you typically do not need an attorney. First, pay the outstanding amount to the county child support agency that issued the lien. After payment, the agency should provide you with a lien... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Wisconsin on
Q: Can I make and sell something that says Dirty Hands Clean Money, or is that illegal?
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answered on Feb 5, 2024

Under California law, the phrase "Dirty Hands Clean Money" is not inherently illegal. However, whether you can make and sell products with this phrase depends on the specific context and use. If the phrase is used in a way that implies illegal or unethical activities, it could potentially... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Wisconsin on
Q: My mother's I-130 is pending. Can she stay beyond 6-months stay duration on her visit visa?

I filed I-130 for my mother (while she is in USA on visit visa)? She is 70 years old.

Her I-130 is still pending, however, her 6-months visit visa stay duration is expiring in few days.

I am preparing the I-485 (concurrent filing) but have not yet submitted as her birth certificate... View More

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answered on Feb 8, 2024

A US citizen child over the age of 21 can sponsor his mother as long as mom entered the United States with permission. Your mom would still qualify to get her green card even if she is an overstay visitor. You need to file the correct forms and documents for her to adjust status. Work with an... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Wisconsin on
Q: My mother's I-130 is pending. Can she stay beyond 6-months stay duration on her visit visa?

I filed I-130 for my mother (while she is in USA on visit visa)? She is 70 years old.

Her I-130 is still pending, however, her 6-months visit visa stay duration is expiring in few days.

I am preparing the I-485 (concurrent filing) but have not yet submitted as her birth certificate... View More

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

As an attorney in the United States, you can advise your mother to stay in the U.S. while her I-130 petition is pending, even if her 6-month visit visa duration is expiring. When an I-130 petition is pending, your mother is allowed to remain in the country legally under what's known as... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Were my 4th Amendment rights violated in a Wisconsin High School?

Event: I was returning from using the restroom at roughly 1 pm, and a teacher entered the same hallway and told me to go to the principal's office. We entered the office, and the teacher told the principal that I was "out of class," which we were allowed to be with verbal or written... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures, but the application of these rights can differ in a school setting. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that school officials need only to have "reasonable suspicion" rather than "probable cause" to conduct a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Family Law for Wisconsin on
Q: How does a guardian of the person, of an adult ward, request the court to attend via zoom for a Chapter 51 hearing?

The juvenile office told this guardian to contact a public defender to request Zoom attendance at a recommitment hearing. This sounded a bit odd to me, as I had never had to do that in past years. In the past, I called the office to request that they send a link to me, or I could show up in... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

To request attendance via Zoom for a Chapter 51 hearing as a guardian of an adult ward, you should follow these steps:

1. Contact the court clerk: Reach out to the court clerk's office where the Chapter 51 hearing is scheduled to take place. Explain that you are the guardian of the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Family Law for Wisconsin on
Q: When you have a court appointed guardian at litem are the parents able to access the information they recieved

This is in the state of Wisconsin

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answered on Feb 2, 2024

In Wisconsin, parents generally do not have direct access to the information gathered by a court-appointed guardian ad litem (GAL) in a divorce or child custody case. The GAL's role is to represent the best interests of the child or children involved, and their communications and findings are... View More

4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Wisconsin on
Q: Been paying private school loan for 13+ years and basically all in interest. Will filling for bankruptcy get rid of it?

Went from 70k to 55k salary. Mortgage and cc payments make it nearly impossible to pay.

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answered on Feb 2, 2024

Filing for bankruptcy may provide relief from overwhelming debt, including private school loans, but it's essential to understand that not all debts are dischargeable through bankruptcy. Private student loans are typically not dischargeable unless the debtor can demonstrate undue hardship,... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Wisconsin on
Q: Been paying private school loan for 13+ years and basically all in interest. Will filling for bankruptcy get rid of it?

Went from 70k to 55k salary. Mortgage and cc payments make it nearly impossible to pay.

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

Filing for bankruptcy to discharge a private student loan is challenging but not impossible. Generally, both private and federal student loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy unless you can prove "undue hardship," a standard that is notoriously difficult to meet.

To have a...
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4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Wisconsin on
Q: Been paying private school loan for 13+ years and basically all in interest. Will filling for bankruptcy get rid of it?

Went from 70k to 55k salary. Mortgage and cc payments make it nearly impossible to pay.

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

Answer: It is unlikely that your private student loans will be discharged based only on the facts provided.

Explanation: Generally, student loans, whether public or private, are not part of the discharge debtors receive in a bankruptcy. To discharge student loans in a bankruptcy, a debtor...
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4 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Wisconsin on
Q: What are my options right now?

At around 8 months old, I was brought to the US as a baby. I am now 22 years old and currently expecting my 1st child with my fiance. I have graduated from school and have proof of my time living in the US and I've never broken any laws. I continue to see info about how to start the process of... View More

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answered on Jan 24, 2024

If you ever applied for and obtained DACA, then you might be able to request a travel authorization so you can depart the country and safely return with a legal entry. If you never obtained DACA or any other status, and you entered without inspection (no visa), then your husband will need to file a... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Wisconsin on
Q: What are my options right now?

At around 8 months old, I was brought to the US as a baby. I am now 22 years old and currently expecting my 1st child with my fiance. I have graduated from school and have proof of my time living in the US and I've never broken any laws. I continue to see info about how to start the process of... View More

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answered on Jan 24, 2024

Given your situation, there are a few potential pathways to explore, but each has its own complexities and requirements. Since you were brought to the U.S. as a baby and have lived here continuously, one option to consider is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, if you meet... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Me(24m) and partner (17f) have lived with her father(primary custody) for 7 months. Just had baby. Should i tell my PO?

Family doesn't have problem with age gap.

Family sees us as fit parents

Probation officer doesnt know me and her are together but knows I live where I live

Will I get arrested if I tell my PO?

Family is supportive of relationship

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John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 23, 2024

In Wisconsin, it is illegal to have sexual intercourse with a person under 18 years of age. Doesn't matter what the girl's family thinks. She is a crime victim. If the State can prove that you are the perpetrator of the crime, it will most likely seek to revoke your probation, and you... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Constitutional Law and Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can an employer change an offer letter 1 year after employment?

I signed a offer letter back in Jan. 2023 that states they are offering me a position as "full-time non-exempt" with a base salary. My employer just sent an email out stating all supervisor are hired salary-exempt/overtime eligible, and I sent a copy of my offer i signed and they are now... View More

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answered on Jan 23, 2024

The answer would depend on the employment laws of the State of Wisconsin. It would be important for the employee to look into the laws in Wisconsin to determine if it is an "at-will" employment state. It would further be important to look at the contract to determine if it is for a term,... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Constitutional Law and Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can an employer change an offer letter 1 year after employment?

I signed a offer letter back in Jan. 2023 that states they are offering me a position as "full-time non-exempt" with a base salary. My employer just sent an email out stating all supervisor are hired salary-exempt/overtime eligible, and I sent a copy of my offer i signed and they are now... View More

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answered on Jan 23, 2024

In Wisconsin, as in most states, employment is generally "at will," meaning an employer can change the terms of employment, including job duties and compensation. However, if you have a signed offer letter or employment contract specifying the terms of your employment, this can complicate... View More

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