Have I been “convicted” of a crime?

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Most people think that you can only have a “conviction” on your record if you plea guilty to a crime or are found guilty at trial. And even then, you might hear that if you “pay everything” or have no problems on probation that your record will be clean. Right? WRONG! You do not have to plead guilty to a …

Testimony Before the Georgia House Judiciary Committee on HB 87

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I thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today about HB 87. My background in immigration law goes back more than 20 years. I practice law here in Georgia, I teach immigration law at the University of Georgian as an adjunct professor of law. I am the past national president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. I testify …

It It Walks Like a Duck . . . .

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Yesterday during the second public hearing on HB 87 before the Georgia General Assembly’s House Judiciary Committee, the bill’s author and at least two sponsors presented a rather startling new tactic. They each stated, and the Chairman did so quite vociferously, that “HB 87 is NOT like the Arizona law.” The Chairman argued that it was very different from the …