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What is a drug diversion program?

As a resident of Nebraska who is currently facing drug-related charges, you may have heard of a "drug diversion program". It's an option available to a select number of people who have been charged with drug-related crimes. But exactly what is it?

According to the Encyclopaedia Brittanica, in criminal justice terms, a diversion is something that is used as a alternative to imprisonment or criminal prosecution. The formal processing of offenders doesn't necessarily happen in every single drug-related case. Drug courts themselves are a form of diversion, in fact. However, you will only be eligible to go to a drug court if your charges do not involve violence.

Internet prank results in innocent man’s death

There is a new culture that has sprung up in the decades since the Internet became a part of nearly everyone’s lives. Social media, news article comment sections and online gaming forums have lent a sense of anonymity to most of the people who interact in these areas. For many residents of Nebraska and elsewhere, the ability to comment and interact with strangers without disclosing one’s identity may also create a false sense of security. Some may reason that they can say what they want, while others may take things further and commit an online crime without fearing reprisal.

Swatting is one such crime. With this online prank, someone calls authorities to another person’s house by making a false charge that a crime has been committed or is in progress. The “suspect” is usually innocent of the accusations, yet becomes the target of a team of law enforcement or SWAT members. A swatting prank gone wrong can result in an innocent person’s arrest or worse.

Managing divorce and bankruptcy together

Whether a couple in Nebraska contemplates divorce at the end of the year amid the holiday shopping season or at any other time, financial issues may well rear their heads as part of the marital troubles. Money is not simply something that married people fight about but it can be something that contributes to the end of the marriage. If the financial challenges are severe enough, consideration may be given to filing for bankruptcy as well as for divorce.

Depending on the circumstances, some couples may be better off filing for a joint bankruptcy and then getting divorced while other couples should put divorce ahead of bankruptcy. According to My Horizon, one factor that should help determine which comes first is how well the spouses can actually work together. Filing a joint bankruptcy will require some level of cooperation and if this is impossible, then divorce should be the number one priority.

Was your college student arrested for DUI?

Whether your child is attending the University of Nebraska or any of the smaller private colleges in the area, you are undoubtedly proud of the fine young man or woman maturing before your very eyes. You may marvel at the conversations you can have with your child about his or her college experiences, and perhaps you get misty thinking about the little baby you once held in your arms.

With age does not always come wisdom, however, and your child may also be experiencing more than lectures and labs while off at college. You may remember your own university days and the boundaries you pushed with your newfound freedom. However, if police recently arrested your child for DUI, you may not want to leave him or her to learn this lesson alone.

What are the most common white collar crimes?

When you run across a news headline detailing a white collar crime, the details are often grim. The person accused of the crime may face a list of serious state and federal charges. This is because white collar crime can be extremely complex, and it is taken seriously by authorities. If you have been accused of a white collar crime in Nebraska, you may understandably be worried and concerned.

What exactly is white collar crime? According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, this type of criminal activity is often financially motivated, nonviolent and involves those in high positions in corporate, government or professional settings. Often, white collar crimes come with a hefty felony charge. Identity theft is a type of white collar crime that is growing every day. Other common crimes of this nature include bribery, embezzlement, stock manipulation, tax evasion and fraud. Those accused of fraud might have been defrauding home and auto insurance agencies, medical insurers or government programs. For example, it is quite common for people to make false claims and receive funds or services with Medicaid or Social Security.

Nebraska's drug laws

Although Nebraska residents know that drugs crimes are serious offenses, they may not know the state laws about illegal substances. It is important to understand the state laws so people can take the proper precautions.

According to the Nebraska Legislature, possessing drugs with the intent to distribute or make them and the act of making and selling drugs is illegal. People usually commit a Class 4 felony when they have an illegal substance, although the severity of the felony also depends on how much of these substances a person possesses. Someone who has at least 140 grams of cocaine or heroin typically commits a Class 1B felony, while possessing less than 28 grams of these substances is considered a Class 1D felony. If a person has a firearm in addition to these illegal substances, he or she may be charged with a higher classification of felony.

Understanding non-immigrant visas

You may be surprised to learn that visas are not simply for immigrants. There are several kinds of non-immigrant visas and we at Monzon, Guerra and Associates are committed to helping you understand these different types of visas.

The difference between non-immigrant visas and those intended specifically for immigrants is the length of time they authorize someone to be in a country. FindLaw says that if you are issued a non-immigrant visa, you are typically going to another country for a distinct reason and will usually not be there for a long period of time. Most of the time, you may need a visa if you are traveling to another country for pleasure. In this situation, you usually receive a tourist visa, which is valid for up to one year. You may also have this kind of visa if you will be traveling to another country for business.

Can I keep my home when getting divorced?

While the holidays are a time of joy and celebration for many people, you may be one of the residents in Nebraska who is facing the tough decision about whether to end your marriage or stay in it. This choice is often faced at the holidays and when in the midst of decorating your home, the last thing you may want to think about is giving up your home if you get divorced. This feeling quite frequently leads spouses to work very hard to keep their homes.

The Mortgage Reports indicates that despite your emotional tie to your home, you should exercise great care in making this decision. If one spouse really wants to keep the house, that person should then refinance the mortgage so that it is in their name only. Even if you have a quit claim deed that transfers ownership of the home to one person only, a joint loan will remain the liability of both people.

Understanding manslaughter and murder in Nebraska

If you are facing charges related to someone’s death, you could be understandably worried about the potential consequences. Depending on the circumstances, there are varying degrees to the charges you might face for murder or manslaughter in Nebraska. At Monzón, Guerra & Associates, Attorneys At Law, we feel is it important for you and others to understand the differences.

Let us say that you were charged with manslaughter after a car accident that claimed the life of another driver. According to the Nebraska Legislature, the definition of manslaughter is the accidental death of someone else. If you were speeding or intoxicated before losing control of your vehicle and getting into a fatal crash, you might be charged with involuntary manslaughter. Involuntary manslaughter involves reckless or criminal negligence resulting in an unintentional death, rather than circumstances out of your control, such as an icy road, that resulted in an accident.

Is removal a word you fear?

As you grow more accustomed to life in Nebraska and struggle to overcome your language barrier, you may learn the definitions of some English words that cause you to worry. For instance, like many immigrants (especially those whose paperwork is not in good order), words such as arrest, removal and deportation may frighten you. It's understandable since you've likely heard stories about families torn apart or perhaps know someone currently facing threats of deportation. As with most immigration processes, the subject of removal can be quite complex.

U.S. immigration law often changes, and although you understand a particular regulation or issue one day, you may not even be aware that it has been eliminated, changed or made more stringent the next. Lack of knowledge may land you in a detention center. Therefore, it's best to review your rights ahead of time and know where to turn for support if a problem arises.

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