Tips on How to Succesfully Apply for Canadian Criminal Rehabilitation

Have you been denied entry after travelling to Canada?

Canadian immigration regulations are quite strict and you can be denied entry into the country for a past criminal conviction. This is done in an effort to prevent people who are deemed a threat to the Canadian society from entering the country, but it affects many people who were convicted of offences that might not be so severe in their country of origin but are deemed more serious under the Canadian law.

Types of offences that can lead to criminal inadmissibility

The Canadian immigration officials can deny you entry into Canada for having a past criminal conviction or admitted to committing a number of offences in any country all over the world. Below is a look at some of the common offences, and how they can affect your inadmissibility to Canada.

Minor offences

Minor offences are small offences that are not likely to affect your admissibility, and thus you can enter Canada even you have a past record for:

  1. Underage drinking
  2. Driving without insurance
  3. Being in possession of drug paraphernalia

Misdemeanour offences

Misdemeanour offences are non-serious offences that carry more weight than the minor offences, which can cause you to be denied entry into Canada based on the number and the severity of the crime. They include:

  1. Causing public disturbance
  2. Being intoxicated in public
  3. Indecent exposure
  4. Being in possession of small amounts of non-serious drugs such as marijuana

The above offences are the least serious, and they are not likely to cause criminal inadmissibility unless you have a record for more than one of them. However, under the non-serious crimes, there are also crimes that are considered to be a bit more severe and usually, lead to automatic denial of entry even if you have just been convicted of one offence. These includes:

  1. DUI and other related offences
  2. Simple assault
  3. Writing a bad cheque
  4. Less serious white collar offences
  5. Theft of under $5,000
  6. Fraud of under $5,000

Serious offences

These are more serious offences that result in a conviction of at least more than 10 years under the Canadian law. Since these are serious offences, you become automatically inadmissible to enter Canada once you are convicted of, or admit to committing even one offence. They include:

  1. Aggravated assault with bodily harm
  2. Theft and fraud of more than $5,000
  3. Drug trafficking
  4. Human trafficking
  5. Assault with use of a weapon

Overcoming inadmissibility through rehabilitation

While most of the above offences can lead to criminal inadmissibility, it is possible to overcome criminal inadmissibility with a number of options that include applying for temporary entry through the use of the Canadian Temporary Resident Permit or undergoing criminal rehabilitation. Out of these two options the criminal rehabilitation is a better choice since it is a permanent solution that completely absolves you of your past criminal record and provides you with a completely new slate (however, you should note that this does mean your criminal record is a wiped away; it will still exist, but cannot cause you to be denied entry into Canada).

There are two types of rehabilitation under the Canadian immigration law, which can help you to overcome criminal inadmissibility. They include deemed rehabilitated and criminal rehabilitation:

  1. Deemed rehabilitated

Deemed rehabilitated occurs when 10 years have passed since the completion of a non-serious offence that you were convicted of, and you are yet to apply for criminal rehabilitation. However, for you to be deemed rehabilitated, you must have only committed a single offence. If your criminal record has more than one offence, you must apply for criminal rehabilitation.

  1. Canadian criminal rehabilitation

Canadian criminal rehabilitation is a process that you undergo to show that you have since been rehabilitated and are not a threat to the Canadian society. The process is eligible only to foreign nationals convicted of an offence outside Canada (serious or non-serious). In addition, 5 years must have at least passed since the completion of the punishment or sentence given for the offence.

During the criminal rehabilitation process, you are required to explain to the Canadian immigration officials the circumstances relating to the offence (s) you were convicted for. For the application to be approved, you are also supposed to show that you are no longer a threat to the Canadian security and that your criminal convictions were isolated incidents. In addition, you are supposed to provide evidence showing that you have since been reformed and rehabilitated into the society, and thus you are not at risk of committing a crime again in the future.

How to improve your chances of successfully completing criminal rehabilitation

Applications for criminal rehabilitation are submitted to the Canadian embassy in your home country, where an immigrations officer reviews and either approves and denies your request. In order for the criminal rehabilitation application to be approved, the officer must be persuaded that you are not a threat to the Canada, which you can manage by:

  1. Providing evidence that your criminal past is behind you

In order to increase the chances of your application being approved, you must provide evidence to show that your criminal record is now in the past. This can be done by explaining in the application that you have not committed any other offence since then. Additional evidence that shows you are a law-abiding citizen, for example, character reference from distinguished persons, can also go a long way in helping your application to be approved

  1. Showing that you have been reformed

When applying for the criminal rehabilitation, you are supposed to demonstrate that you have reformed, and as such, you should provide the necessary evidence to support this. The evidence can include having no other criminal record, having a successful job that you have held for a long time, being involved in community work, etc.

  1. Hiring a Canadian immigration lawyer to help you with the application

Criminal rehabilitation is a legal process that requires you to file legal documents and make legal arguments. Therefore, you can be able to improve your chances of the application being approved by hiring a Canadian immigration lawyer to help you out with gathering the necessary evidence, making the legal arguments, and filing the application.


A Divorce Settlement Isn’t The End Of The Road For You

If you have been worrying about your upcoming divorce, it’s time to think positive. While divorce is a painful, tedious process for many people, it doesn’t have to spell the end of your life. It’s important to focus on the future and the many plans that you will finally be free to put into operation. If you look at divorce as the end of a bad phase of your life, you’ll be able to focus naturally on the aftermath as the beginning of a new and positive phase. Your liberation is at hand, so it’s time to take the steps you need to ensure that you will be ready to enjoy it to the fullest.

It’s Time To Take The Steps You Need To Get Ready For A Divorce

If you are convinced that, despite all your best efforts, your marriage really is about to come to an end, it’s time to take action. It’s an excellent idea to contact a qualified divorce attorney, whether from the firm of Tully Rinckey or others that are available. The first thing you need to do is arrange for a consultation with a lawyer in order to fully examine your options. There’s no need to dwell on the negatives or paint a criminal picture of your soon to be former spouse. Just lay your cards on the table so that you can receive a full and realistic assessment of your options.

An Experienced Lawyer Can Help You Plan Your Strategy For Your Divorce

When you contact the firm of Rinckey or another local divorce specialist, you will be able to plan for your course of action over the next several weeks or months. Divorce proceedings can sometimes take far longer than you anticipated to begin with, so it’s a good idea to begin planning your strategy as soon as possible. The divorce lawyer that you hire to represent you will help you plot out a course that will give you the best chance to retain all of the essential items that you see as yours. This may include personal property, your home, your car, and custody of your children.

It’s Important To Focus On What Lies Ahead For You

Never lose sight of the good that is going to come from your divorce. Once you are out of the bad place you’re in, you’ll be free to get on with the rest of your life. A bad marriage may be holding you back from moving to a new area of the country, or exploring a new career. Whatever your plans may be, you should look at your divorce as the price you need to pay in order to have free access to them. And with a qualified divorce attorney at your side, the price you pay can be severely limited to as little as possible.

As long as you focus on the thought of a new beginning, the divorce process can be a relatively painless one. Of course, the pain of separation will still sting for a little while. Once you’re over it, you’ll be free to explore exciting new realms of possibility that you couldn’t have dreamed of while stuck in your former relationship. Call a divorce lawyer today to begin your new life.

The Key to Effective Conflict Management: Everyone Should Be a Winner

Whether you are trying to manage conflict between others or are in the midst of a conflict yourself, the one thing you should keep in mind is that the key to effective conflict management is everyone should be a winner. A conflict is never successfully resolved and will come back to haunt you in the future if someone walks away a loser. Everyone needs to be a winner so that there are no hard feelings that will rekindle at some later date, maybe at the slightest provocation. But, how can everyone walk away a winner? It’s not always easy but it is possible.

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A Look at Outdated Models of Conflict Resolution

The model of conflict resolution which many people are still operating under was developed back in the 1970s by two men named Ralph Kilmann and Kenneth Thomas. In this model they set out what they defined conflict as falling into at least one of five different styles. These included:

  • Avoiding
  • Accommodating
  • Compromising
  • Collaborative
  • Competitive

If you look carefully at those styles, those models of conflict you will see that typically one side wins and the other loses. Or, as in the case of compromising or accommodating, neither side loses but neither side gets what they really want; neither side is a winner. In today’s acuity training model, assertiveness leads to everyone walking away with something they want and thus, everyone wins.

Assertiveness as a Method of Conflict Management – How Does That Work?

The problem most people have in understanding assertiveness as a means of conflict management or conflict resolution is that altogether too often ‘assertiveness’ is confused with aggression. When you are assertive you are not aggressive as you would be in the combative model. You are not trying to argue a point you are merely asserting what you see and what you want. You are willing to concede (compromise) a few points so that the other side walks away with something they want but each side asserts what they want and are willing to work through the conflict so that both can get some, if not all, of what they came to the table looking to gain.

You Are Not on the Attack!

The key to assertiveness is to understand that you are not on the attack. You are not belittling the opinions of others or in any way, shape or form denigrating their stance in the conflict. What you are doing, on the other hand, is expressing your view and what you want to happen. In the 1980s it was defined as making ‘I statements.’ “I see this. I want that. I feel this way.” And, the list goes on. It’s not about “You must be stupid because you want something other than what I want.” Rather, it’s about “I understand how you feel but this is how I feel. This is what I want. Can we not find a way for both of us to get what we want?”

So you see, being assertive isn’t being combative and it certainly isn’t avoiding the issues at hand. What assertiveness is may be defined as a good blend of being accommodating, compromising and collaborative. You are willing to accommodate the other and compromise on some key points. You will collaborate with them to help them get what they need so that you get what you need. It’s a new paradigm based on asserting your wants and needs without denigrating what the other wants and needs. Often referred to as the ADR model, Alternative Dispute Resolution, those older models are blended with a healthy mix of assertiveness and everyone walks away a winner.

Tinnitus Sufferers Start to See Environmental Conditions Improve

One of the most interesting political non-events of the past decade has been a lack of recognition for the growing number of Americans that suffer from tinnitus. To be certain, the dual wars that America fought abroad created part of the problem as service people were exposed to sonic and other wave weapon warfare for the first time.

Yet when they returned, instead of being treated to the same conditions as they had when they left, they and other Americans that had tinnitus were exposed to security systems and marketing programs that utilized 3d-sonic and directed sound inside many big-box retailers. That exposure caused their condition to worsen, making some of their number interested in contacting an effective healthcare lawyer, like Jerry Sokol from Miami.

The notion is that using a beam of sound that is directed only to one shopper at a time was violating their rights within the store. Different from traditional store speaker systems, the audio can be pointed via the same type of tracking systems that the Customs and Border Patrol people use at the border. Their radar is so sophisticated that it can put sound in either ear- or it can provide haptic response to any part of a returning American’s body.

In as much as at least one retail giant admitted that their system was illegally put into use at their store, it made a lot of sense that someone like Jerry Sokol might be able to make a difference for those that had been attacked.

Yet it took a while for the confusion regarding directed sound to go away. According to the US Army, sonic and other wave weapons are designed to distract and debilitate those who are hit by them, with some of the effects being potentially permanent. If you listen to the manufacturers of the systems, however, the benefits outweigh the risk. They can knock people down with a sound blast or whisper in their ear while they are protecting their property. You will also find that some manufacturers talk about how sonic can they allow you to surreptitiously talk to people- even through the walls of their home when the proper filter is applied. So to those that are in the home and commercial security business, there really aren’t any untoward effects because if there were, they would be liable.

For people that are faced with a long recovery from tinnitus, things are getting brighter. The retailers and offices that have their systems being used in places like Southern California are using a database that is centrally updated and connected to the Internet- which makes it easy for shoppers hit by sonic to demand that they be removed from the database.

It was only a couple of years ago that this wasn’t possible because a Doctor at OHSU published study results that show that using sonic to treat tinnitus was actually beneficial. While opinion on that paper was pending, it was easy for security people to point to that as a reason that it didn’t seem like the effects of the retail systems were that negative. Fortunately, outside parties in the medical community and in the press pointed out that no other study came close to matching the results that were claimed.

So if you suffer from tinnitus and have experience being hit at malls or businesses with directed sound, you can feel confident when you go to complain about it because unless you are stealing something, it is not necessarily legal for them to use their system on you.

Tough Doesn’t Mean ‘Don’t Report An Injury’ at Work

A lot of people talk about how workplace injuries are typically the fault of one type of employee or one type of manager that doesn’t create a safe enough environment for people to work in. Yet although almost all workplace injuries are unplanned, there is often pressure on both the injured and those they report to to seek the best possible outcome for the incident. That pressure in turn sometimes causes people to try and block information that can be important from being brought up.

Because someone like a workers comp attorney NJ is available to most workers, finding someone that can help ensure that the right outcomes are achieved is usually just a phone call away.

Here are some situations that started out wrong, but got put back on track after attorneys were contacted:

Angry Chicago Man: One worker was asked to document a process and save the form in duplicate for a different boss. Several months after they did so, they were called into the file archives with the agitated boss, who accused them of losing all the documents. They opened the file drawer an noted that someone had stolen the first copy. The second copy had been hidden in the file behind the first file as was customary in that difficult environment. So the employee pulled the second file and showed the boss that it was there. The boss realized that the employee was not liable for any of the problems that had been blamed on his department. He slammed the file drawer on the hand of the employee, causing it to be sprained and start bleeding. The employee was concerned that his hand would not heal. He contacted an attorney and did a free consult. What he learned was that as his hand was healing, there was no need to file a claim. He didn’t experience any further trouble. The boss ended up taking 6 months of medical leave for a stress condition covered by a form of workers comp.

Sciatic discovery: Another worker whose company found out it was being bought by a rival company suddenly experienced back pains that precluded a return to work for the duration of the takeover. As it worked out that the company was giving out payouts to those that would be laid off, workers compensation was initially used in order to get back treatment started for the employee. The company called their lawyer and they sent out a private investigator to verify that the back injury was indeed real. And although they were able to show that the injury likely occurred outside of work, the severity of the injury remained something they did not question. After the company purchase closed, the temporary workers comp was ended and the former worker went on to work for another company without any further problems. The lawyer at the company ended up being able to be persuasive without really angering any of the parties.

Workers compensation is one area where employees will rarely hear a lot of good advise from a company regarding how to use it. Surprisingly enough, most workers would prefer not to ever need it. But if it does become a problem for yourself or someone you know, remember that reporting what occurred is the most important thing that you can do to set the record straight.

Your Disability Benefits Are Easier To Obtain With A Law Firm On Your Side

Qualifying For Disability Benefits

Unfortunately, disability benefits are different than many other benefits out there because you can qualify for the benefits but still get denied. You first have to determine if you are qualified for disability benefits, and you find this out by going to a doctor that tells you what your disabilities are if you can continue working or not. Many who go to their doctor will go to another one to get a second opinion, especially if it’s going to help their disability claim. There are some who are disabled to the point where it’s physically visible, but even with visible disabilities, it doesn’t mean that the person will still get the benefits when they apply.

Gathering evidence is the best way to prove disability, especially getting written testimony from a doctor and medical evidence. Even getting information from the company that you used to work for can be helpful, especially if they can claim that your work performance has gone downhill over time because of your disability, which renders you unable to perform at work anymore. The evidence that you collect can help you in your case, but only way to qualify for disability is by being disabled and unable to work.

Now, It’s Time To Get The Benefits

Before doing anything else, it’s very wise to hire Myler Disability to help you with your benefits claim. So many people think that they know how to get disability benefits, and the only thing they do is fill out the paperwork as well as turning it in to the proper authorities. Filling out the paperwork is only part of the process, and if it’s not filled out correctly, then it’s possible to become denied, simply because the paperwork is not in the right order. Not having the right evidence is also going to be damaging to your case, so this is proof that you shouldn’t go about getting disability benefits on your own.

When you work with your lawyer, you don’t have to worry about paying anything until they win your case. Once your case is won, your fees will come out of your settlement, so you never have to take anything out of your pocket now in order to obtain a lawyer. You’ll also have a lawyer with many years of experience on your side, and the lawyer can be with you every time you go to court or can go to court for you when you are unable to go with them. You’ll easily see that there is a major difference between working on a disability claim on your own and having a lawyer to work on it for you.

What To Look For In A Chicago Brain Injury Lawyer

In the United States, each year approximately 1.4 million people suffer some form of traumatic brain injury, which can disrupt the normal functioning of the brain. The impact of TBI can range from mild to extreme cases where one’s mental health cannot be salvaged whatsoever. If you and your family are direct victims of such occurrences in that your relative has suffered some form of TBI, then you may require a Chicago brain injury lawyer so that you can know the best course of action. Below are some few things to look at before deciding on a brain injury lawyer.

Is the lawyer a brain injury specialist?

Cases regarding brain damage are highly sensitive, and you will need a lawyer who is primarily specialized in this kind of work. This will give you an edge in the case as the lawyer will know exactly how to navigate the court process. In other terms, you should consider a lawyer who is specifically trained in brain injury cases, rather than going for one who is generally practicing law. There are a couple legal procedures involved in a brain injury case. Knowing some of the tidbits, which a lawyer who specialized in these types of battles should have gives a client an upper hand in their case. Otherwise, you could be looking at a long tedious case that may probably end in unforeseen defeat.


With massive experience comes a greater chance of winning a brain injury case.  Chicago is full of lawyers, but how many of them can actually attest to having won a number of cases regarding brain injuries? Of course, they may have something to say about their experience, but it would be wise to ask for a track record or seek testimonials from previous clients.


A good lawyer will win the case for you and your family. Intent in the sense that he is quick to attack the pending case before any other issues arise in the near future. When it comes to brain injuries, no one really knows for sure how the injury will affect the victim or his family in the near future. As such, it would be best to seek a lawyer who is eager enough to get you and your folks out of the legal turmoil sooner than later.

There is also the question of money. And since the case is one that is subject to lots of medical bills and follow up medication, the best lawyer would be one who works to save your family from such financial atrocities not to mention the mental and physical pain, especially when the victim had little to do with an accident that led to the brain injury.

When seeking a lawyer, look for someone thatpays attention to detail rather than someone who only considers the financial implications. If your loved one has sustained a brain injury, carefully assess your options before selecting the right Chicago brain injury lawyer to handle the lawsuit.


3 Simple Tips for Effective Law Firm Marketing

Many lawyers have the dream to make it big once they pass the bar and either start their own practice or join a notable law firm. Whether your firm is new or seasoned, the best way to ensure a steady flow of work is to create a sound marketing strategy. Some strategies you can implement yourself; for others, you might want to consider hiring a professional marketing company. Here are three simple tips to help your law firm marketing strategy to be more effective.

  1. Cultivate Referrals

Do your clients know that they are supposed to refer you to other individuals? Do they have your permission to list them as a referral for future clients? It’s important that you are constantly building your referral sources. A majority of law firms get new business from referrals, so it’s important that you make time to build these up. Don’t be afraid to educate your clients on their role – many simply don’t know that they should refer you to others.

  1. Create Quality Content

One of the first places that a client is likely to look for your services is online. This means that you need to have a functional site with high-quality content. Something as seemingly innocuous as poor grammar can make a client look elsewhere, so take the time to make sure your webpages and blogs are of excellent quality.

  1. Measure Your Marketing Results

The last thing you need to do is measure the results of your current marketing strategy. This allows you to see what is and isn’t working. It’s important to adjust your strategy so that you are maximizing your exposure to your target clients. If this seems like it will take too much time away from your clients, then you can hire a marketing firm to handle it for you. Just make sure to be in the loop as to where your marketing budget is going and that effective strategies are being used. If you take the time to create quality marketing, you will see a difference in the amount of work you get.

4 Reasons You Might Seek Legal Advice

While it might seem like the US is a sue-happy place, there are many legal cases that go unnoticed by people and courts because individuals don’t think their case warrants a lawsuit. When you’re in a sticky situation, it can be useful to know whether or not legal action is even a possibility. Here are four reasons why you might seek out free lawyer advice.

  1. Find Out the Viability of Your Claim

Many law firms offer a free consultation so they can easily decipher whether or not your legal claim is valid. There are many lawyers who will not represent a client if they think the case can’t be won. An attorney is also likely to be well-versed in the law around your claim, so you can really find out what your personal rights are.

  1. Learn About the Costs of Pursuing Legal Action

If you’ve ever been curious about what a lawyer charges for handling a case, a free consultation is a good chance to do that. You can find out what your potential attorney is likely to charge you for his or her services. This is a great way to start budgeting for the lawyer you really want.

  1. Explore Your Options

When you don’t even know what your options are for a case, then a lawyer can point out what those are as well as the potential consequences for each type of action. When you don’t know what else to do, legal professionals may be able to enlighten you.

  1. Make Your Next Steps

The last reason why you might want to seek legal advice is to get the ball rolling on your next moves. That usually involves some paperwork, which a lawyer can help you with. If you have any questions regarding your case, then a free consultation with an attorney might be useful for you.

Support Your Children Through a Divorce

If your life is suddenly consumed with a divorce, you are likely discovering that life can come at you in all different directions.

That said a divorce becomes even more of a challenge when you have children involved.

In a fair amount of cases, a divorce can prove rather amicable between parting husband and wife. Oftentimes, however, the divorce goes from bad to worse in about zero to 50. When that happens, it is the children who oftentimes feel the brunt of the negative energy being fostered by one or both parents.

Supporting your children through a divorce is not just an emotional matter, but also literally a financial one.

So that you and your children can get through what will likely be one of the most challenging times in your lives, make sure you don’t take on the fight by yourself.

In hiring a family law attorney, you can better position yourself and your children to receive what is rightfully yours.

So, where do you start?

Making Sure You Are Not Cheated

In order to make sure you are getting support in a child custody battle, remember these tips:

  1. Custody – For starters, will you or your soon-to-be ex-husband likely be splitting custody or will one have primary oversight over the children? In the event your husband or wife makes much more than you do, most courts would lean towards making sure the individual provides their fair share of child support. At the end of the day, the most important factor to come into play is that children are properly provided for, noting everything from food to clothing to shelter. If your husband or wife scoffs at providing financial support, this is where a family law attorney and the courts become so crucial. Both can “encourage” your husband or wife to meet their financial responsibilities when it comes to the children. If they do not, they could be ordered to do so by the courts;
  2. History – All marriages have a history unto them, be it a good one or bad one. If there is any evidence to show that your partner has had issues with money, their temper, their ability to hold down a job etc. remember to bring these matters up with both your divorce attorney and the court. It is important that all the facts are put out there for all to see. If you and your family have been living a certain lifestyle up to this point, it is not realistic to think that you can go from say $200,000 a year in annual income to maybe $40,000 a year annual income on your salary alone. Also be careful that your partner is not trying to hide money in any unknown accounts, tax shelters etc. If they are, they could get away with not holding up their financial responsibilities to your children;
  3. Going forward – As you move forward and come to terms with the fact the family is ending (at least in terms of all living under one roof), it is important to do whatever is best to keep the children happy and focused on their own lives. From school to maintaining friendships, kids need to know that their worlds are not coming crashing down around them. Yes, things will be different, but you need to do your best to maintain as much normalcy as possible. If you don’t, you could find your children suffering in terms of grades in the classroom, interacting with other children, wanting to do anything other than stay around the home etc. If necessary, you may decide it is time to seek counseling, though it is not something that you should ever force a child into.

If divorce is staring you in the face, meet it head-on by doing what is best for your children.

Keep in mind that your child or children likely never wanted to see you and your partner split.

The bottom line is it happens each and every day, so families must decide how best to handle it, especially when children are young and impressionable.

The best thing you can do during these trying times is to support your children as much as humanly possible.