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Is my internationally adopted child automatically a citizen?

When a couple or individual chooses to pursue international adoption, they quickly find out that it is a surprisingly complex process. To make matters even more confusing, many people mistakenly believe that adopting a child automatically grants the child U.S. citizenship. This is not actually true.

When a child arrives in the United States after adoption, there are two primary issues you must address if you have not already begun to do so. First, the child needs a visa that allows him or her to legally enter the country. It is best to begin working on obtaining this visa well before the child arrives. There are a number of different visas available, so it is important to do your research.

Why did Brandan Banks refuse his plea deal offer?

Ex-Vanderbilt University football player, Brandon Banks, was offered a 10-year prison sentence in exchange for pleading guilty to rape and registering as a sex offender for life. The football player was charged with participating in the gang rape of an unconscious university student who was unresponsive on the floor of her dorm room four years ago.

Banks -- who says that his teammates exerted psychological pressure on him to participate in the rape -- refused the plea bargain offer. According to his lawyer, the refusal made sense. The young football player stood to receive a prison sentence of 15 to 25 years if he was convicted. The lawyer said that Brandon's term of imprisonment would eventually come to an end, but the sex offender registration would keep him in a "virtual prison" for the rest of his life.

How long can you lose your license for a DUI conviction?

Given the key role driving can play in a person's everyday activities, having one's driving privileges taken away for a time can be a big blow. Among the things that can subject a person to losing their license here in Tennessee is being convicted of drunk driving.

In Tennessee, a license revocation is one of the penalties typically given for a DUI conviction. How long this revocation is for depends on how many drunk driving offenses a person has on their record. The revocation length is:


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