Life after Deferred Action: What you need to know Filed in Avanti Categories By Meghan Moore on November 21, 2012

Have you received an approval of your request for deferred action in the U.S.? If so, congratulations. Read on for some important information about life after a grant of “deferred action.”

Know that “deferred action” is not lawful status in the United States. Your deferred action status does not grant you permanent residency nor does … read more


La vida después de la Acción Diferida: Lo que usted debe saber Filed in Avanti Categories By Meghan Moore on November 21, 2012

¿Recibió la aprobación de su solicitud de acción diferida en los Estados Unidos? ¡Felicidades, si es así! Lea esta información importante sobre la vida después de la “acción diferida.”

Tiene que saber que la “acción diferida” no es un estatus legal en los Estados Unidos. El estatus de acción diferida no concede residencia legal ni … read more


Mitt Romney Would Not Continue Deferred Action Program Filed in Avanti Categories By Meghan Moore on October 3, 2012

Since Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was announced by the Obama administration in June 2012, Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney has remained largely silent on the issue. At most, what we got for him was that he had a better “plan” for immigration if he is elected.

Earlier this week, the Denver Post elicited a response … read more


Eight Things You Need to Know about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Filed in Avanti Categories By Meghan Moore on August 16, 2012

It’s here. Finally, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has opened its doors to receive applications from an estimated 1.4 million undocumented youths who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16, have completed high school, obtained a GED, or are in school, and who have a limited criminal record.

No doubt you have heard … read more


Do I Need an Attorney to Apply for Deferred Action? Filed in Avanti Categories By Meghan Moore on August 8, 2012

I’ve received many phone calls from people wondering whether they need a lawyer to apply for Deferred Action under Obama’s policy. I cannot and will not answer that question for them. The decision on whether to hire a lawyer is extremely personal. I have no doubt that there are non-lawyers who have the time, knowledge … read more


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: USCIS (finally) announces additional information for DACA Filed in Avanti Categories By Meghan Moore on August 3, 2012

On a stakeholder call today, August 3, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced specific information pertaining to Obama’s announcement regarding Deferred Action for Dream Act eligible students. The Department of Homeland Security has dubbed this process DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The main requirements remain the same.

To qualify for this discretionary benefit, … read more


Self-Defense in Michigan; A review in light of the Trevyon Martin incident Filed in Avanti Categories By admin on March 28, 2012

In light of the recent tragic incident in Florida, where a young man was shot and killed in what law enforcement is calling self-defense, more attention is now being given to Michigan and our self-defense laws.  As many may be aware, in Florida there Is a “stand your ground” provision, which means that you are … read more


The Fiance(e) Visa Filed in Avanti Categories, Immigration Law By Meghan Moore on March 17, 2012

By Attorneys Christian Montesinos and Meghan Moore

Let’s face it, relationships are difficult. Arguments as simple as “whose turn is it to do the dishes?” can elevate quickly to a life or death situation. Difficulty is one of the few things that all cultures have in common when dealing with relationships. In every part of … read more


Portable Devices Now Subject to Warrantless Searches Filed in Criminal Law By admin on March 8, 2012

In what is becoming an all too familiar pattern, another Court has determined that our privacy rights are trumped by law enforcements need to obtain information immediately and without a warrant.  The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has just ruled that law enforcement can, upon arrest and without seeking a warrant from a judicial officer, … read more


Two Major Developments in 4th Amendment law Filed in Avanti Categories By admin on January 24, 2012

One of the foundations of the freedom of this Country is the right to be from illegal seizures of our person or property, as guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.  In a previous article, we have covered the basic protections afforded to everyone here by the Constitution.  Recently there have been two major developments that drastically … read more