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A Guide to Public Order for Foreigners

The following is the contents of a brochure recently put together by the Ulsan Metropolitan Police Agency, mostly to highlight potential differences in laws here from home that may get you into trouble. (Ulsan Metropolitan Police Agency) 1. Offenses easy to commit if you did not know 1) Misdemeanors that may be trivial but should [...] more

Domestic Violence

What should I do if I am suffering from domestic violence? If your spouse uses physical violence or threats by breaking an object, immediately leave the dangerous situation and ask for help to the neighbors or go to a room, lock the door and call 112. Don’t get involved in a fight with your spouse [...] more

Missing Child

When missing a child, what should I do? Call 182 (Police Agency for Missing Children) and make a report. You should provide as detailed information possible of the missing child, including child’s name, age, missing date, time, place, and appearance. more

Reporting a Crime

How do I file a report to the police when crime occurs? If you are a victim or witness of a crime, call 112 immediately (without area code) and report to the police - The phone booth is available at no cost for emergency calls. Press the red button (emergency call) and dial 112. - [...] more

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

What about burden of proof? Is it guilty until proven innocent? Or innocent until proven guilty? By the principle named ‘Presumption of innocence’ all suspects are presumed not- guilty until the end of the trial. And basically, public prosecutors have the burden of proof in criminal trial. more

The Police and your ARC

Is it true that if you physically give your ARC card to a police officer (as opposed to holding it up and letting them see it) who suspects you of having committed a crime that it is tantamount to a confession of guilt? Police can ask Korean or foreigners to show their ID card in [...] more

Theft and Investigations

What is the process for theft investigation? For example, one person’s mother in law was robbed. it took 24hrs for police to come over and process fingerprints and didn’t canvas the area asking neighbors if they saw anything.   Generally, when you report a crime, police officers from ‘Police Box’ or ‘Police Precinct’ will arrive [...] more

Personal Civil Rights and Privacy

What are police allowed and not allowed to do to enforce those laws regarding privacy and personal civil rights? For example, can they search your home, car or body without probable cause? Order a drug test? < Answer > Police cannot make seizure and search a person’s body, stuff or dwelling without taking legal procedure. [...] more

Business owner recourse to harassment

What legal recourse does a business owner have if they are being harassed? (example, at one business an unhappy customer would loudly scream each day in front of the shop she felt gave her poor product/service) < Answer > It’s not easy to give you an overall answer for this question, because there will be [...] more

Illegal Drug List

I notice sometimes in the newspaper that people are arrested for drug use even though it is a new drug and there’s no way for the police to know about it. How do the drug laws work here? What is illegal?   Ulsan DTS(Drug Task Force) has a list of drugs that are continuously being [...] more

Pedestrian Crossings

Do the painted pedestrian lines mean anything when there is not a lighted green/red icon for walking? It seems that cars do not respect pedestrians whether they walk on white paint or not.   When pedestrians cross the street at a crosswalk, all drivers should stop  in front of the crosswalk not to obstruct pedestrians’ [...] more

Shared Lane Turning

On a shared lane (one that has a left-turn as well as a straight lane) who has the right of way? I am constantly being honked at and sometimes even have drivers attempting to push my car into traffic just to make a left-hand turn! Who is at-fault? How about a shared right turn, where [...] more

Dangerous Drivers

Where can we report dangerous drivers in Ulsan and what is the procedure? You can  report dangerous drivers by calling 112. ‘Police Box’ or ‘Police Precinct’ will chase the car and enforce law. more

Police Car Lights – Always On

Why do the police always drive around with their lights flashing? The purpose of the police patrol are not only finding out and arresting but also prevention of crime. Patrol with flashing lights makes an effect of suppressing and reducing criminal intention’. Also seeing the police patrol car, people feel that they are in safe. [...] more

Traffic Management

 Why do the traffic police stand around watching people break the law instead of doing something like issuing traffic tickets? Do they not actually enforce laws? Some foreigners reports that they have seen numerous laws violated while the traffic police watch and do nothing. Traffic polices task are not only to crackdown on traffic offenders [...] more

비보호 Traffic Lights Explained

 What is the legal use of a traffic light that is labelled “비보호”? Am I allowed to go though the light or turn when it is red if there is no traffic? Or am I only allowed to go through only on green and turn left only on green when there is no opposing traffic?  [...] more

Traffic Violation Resulting in Accident

What should I do if I am involved in a traffic accident when the other driver violates a traffic law? What can I expect to occur regarding whose insurance pays what amount when a law is violated resulting in an accident?   Generally, if the traffic offender has car insurance or reaches an agreement with [...] more

Business owner recourse to harassment

What legal recourse does a business owner have if they are being harassed? (example, at one business an unhappy customer would loudly scream each day in front of the shop she felt gave her poor product/service) < Answer > It’s not easy to give you an overall answer for this question, because there will be [...] more

Teacher Married to a Korean

I’m an English teacher married to a Korean national. I would like to be a private teacher. What is the next step? A private teacher must submit a report to the superintendent of education in the teacher’s jurisdiction. Please file a report at the local office of Education. Other it will be punished for unauthorized [...] more

Unfair Discharge of Employee

Help! I’ve been fired unfairly! What can I do? You should submit a petition  at the local labor office. If your monthly pay is less than 1.5million won per month you can get free legal help  from a certified labor attorney. For more information, call the Labor Law Counseling at the Ministry of Employment and Labor. [...] more

Unpaid or Late Payment of Wages

What can I do if my employer is late in paying my paycheck? How can I get paid if my employer has gone bankrupt? If your employer hasn’t paid you, you should file a claim at the local labor office or log into the Ministry of Employment and Labor website and file an E-Application and E-petition.  If [...] more

A Guide to Public Order for Foreigners

The following is the contents of a brochure recently put together by the Ulsan Metropolitan Police Agency, mostly to highlight potential differences in laws here from home that may get you into trouble. (Ulsan Metropolitan Police Agency) 1. Offenses easy to commit if you did not know 1) Misdemeanors that may be trivial but should [...] more

Deportation

What kinds of circumstances are subjected to deportation in Korea? - Any foreigner who subsequently violates the terms of his or her nonimmigrant classification or status is subjected to removal specified by the Immigration Office. This includes those who had overstayed beyond the expiration date, infringed the resident’s rights and released from jail upon the [...] more

Visa Extension and Address

How do I apply to extend or change my stay in Korea? You submit an application for an extension of stay before 2 months from the current expiration date to the expiration date to the Immigration Office. You must bring your passport, Alien Registration Card, documents per nonimmigrant status, and a fee. What do I [...] more

Driver’s License

How do I get a driver’s license? A registered foreigner can obtain a driver’s license like a citizen. All procedures and testing requirements are same as any other citizen. Written tests are available in Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, or Thai. Ulsan Police officials help foreigners and immigrant women prepare a written test by [...] more

Translations

If I need a translator, where can I find one? Call BBB (Before Babel Brigade) at 1588-5644 which provides free translator service. Press the number that indicates the language of your choice, you will be automatically directed to a volunteer. There will be a short delay during the connection process to the volunteer’s mobile number. more

Lost and Found

How do I report lost or found items? If you are looking for lost items, go to the nearest police department and fill out a document or visit ‘LOST112′ at http://www.lost112.go.kr a website operated by police department. When you find items with no known owner, put the items in a mail box or make a [...] more

Discrimination Laws

What forms of discrimination are legal? Is it ok for a business to specify only male or only female apply for a job? Can a business ask for a specific nationality or deny nationalities in applying? Can a business specify what customers are allowed, either by sex, nationality or color? If these activities are not [...] more

Translations of Korean Law

Where can we find foreign language translations of Korean law? < Answer > You can find the translations of Korean law from the web site added below. English : http://www.law.go.kr/engLsSc.do?menuId=0&subMenu=5&query http://www.moleg.go.kr/english/korLawEng 中國語(Chinese) : http://www.law.go.kr/chnLsSc.do?menuId=0&subMenu=7&query http://www.moleg.go.kr/english/korLawChi And you also find the practical Korean law information with various languages in the site below. http://oneclick.law.go.kr/CSM/Main.laf 한국 법률의 외국어 [...] more

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