Do I Need a Lawyer if I am Facing Deportation?

Many people who are facing deportation, also known as Removal, are under the mistaken impression that they do not need an attorney to represent them. In some cases, they may think that they can represent themselves, while in others, people believe there is no way to avoid deportation and resign themselves to being forced to leave the country. In reality, anyone facing deportation should speak with an attorney immediately, as United States immigration law is extremely complicated and, in many cases, the representation of an attorney can have a significant impact on the outcome of their case.

IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO ONE’S LIFE IN THE USA TO HIRE AN EXPERIENCED IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY WHEN ONE FACES DEPORTATION, ALSO KNOWN AS REMOVAL. IT IS CONSIDERED A SERIOUS THREAT TO YOUR LIFE NO WORSE THAN A HEART ATTACK.

How Can an Immigration lawyer Help?

There are several ways in which an immigration lawyer can help you stay in the country. Of course, each case is different, so the exact strategies used in your case will be unique to your specific circumstances. Some of the more common things that a deportation defense attorney can do to help you stay in the country are discussed below.

Thoroughly Research Your Case

The first thing that your attorney will do is carefully analyze your case and determine if there are any defenses to deportation that may apply. Deportation proceedings can be initiated for a number of reasons, including allegations of criminal misconduct or evidence that you entered the United States illegally. There are various defenses that may apply that may not be apparent to you, even after taking the time to familiarize yourself with the basics of immigration law. Therefore, it is important to have your case reviewed by a lawyer.

Some of the more commonly raised defenses to deportation include the following:

  • Assert that you are, in fact, a United States citizen due to having citizen parents or grandparents;
  • Establish that you qualify for asylum;
  • Request that the Immigration Judge grant you permanent resident status (a green card) based on the fact that you have an immediate relative who is a citizen;
  • Request that your case be delayed because you have an immediate relative who is about to become a citizen
  • Argue that the crime of which you were convicted is not a deportable offense;
  • Argue that your case is a good candidate for prosecutorial discretion, meaning that while you do not have a specific defense to removal available, there are additional facts that warrant that Immigration close your case and focus their efforts elsewhere.
  • As to criminal cases which precipitated Immigration to start proceedings against you, there are several types of waivers which may be available to you to defend your case and get you relief from deportation.

Raise any Available Defenses

U.S. Immigration courts have various rules of procedure and simply telling the court that you are raising a particular defense does not mean that your case will be decided in your favor. Your attorney will raise any defenses that are available in your case in a way in which the court will recognize the defense and that will maximize your chances of staying in the United States.

Call a Florida Immigration Attorney Today to Schedule a Free Consultation

If you are facing deportation for any reason, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. In many cases, a skilled Florida immigration lawyer can help you avoid being deported and address any other immigration issues that you may have. To schedule a free consultation with attorney Alex T. Barak, call our office today at 954-289-6298.