A Strong Legal Ally During Removal Proceedings
If you have overstayed your visa or entered the United States illegally, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may arrest you and seek to have you removed from the United States. This is commonly called “deportation” although the legal term is “removal.” A removal proceeding is quite similar to criminal proceedings, and you need a good immigration trial lawyer, rather than a paper pusher.
At Griffin and Griffin, our attorneys have the skills you need to protect your rights during removal proceedings. We know how to build effective arguments that immigration judges find compelling. When you retain us, we will do everything in our power to secure a favorable result for you.
You have a right to work with an attorney. Contact our Severna Park office today to get qualified legal help.
How An Attorney Can Help
The government may incarcerate you for months while you await trial unless you are released on bond. We have seen cases in Maryland where immigrants without lawyers pay bonds of $7,500 when their situations are exactly the same as other immigrants who paid nothing. The amount of your bond is set by an immigration judge and often depends on whether your lawyer can effectively argue that you can be trusted to return.
Furthermore, even if you are guilty of violating the immigration laws, you may eligible for relief from enforcement. Our immigration lawyers are well-versed in the laws that shape your case and know which strategies to use to achieve a positive outcome.
Securing A Relief From Removal
Here are some of the more common reliefs from removal:
- Adjustment of status – If you qualify for permanent residence in the United States, and the immigration judge agrees, then you may be granted permission to apply for a green card rather than be removed from the United States.
- Being granted asylum – International law allows refugees who flee from difficult conditions in their home country to seek asylum in the United States. Such conditions include genocide and religious persecution.
- Cancellation of removal – Certain undocumented immigrants who have been in the United States for 10 years, have lived with good moral character and have a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident child, parent or spouse who would suffer exceptional hardship if you were removed from the U.S., you may qualify for cancellation of your removal.
- Prosecutorial discretion – ICE prioritizes removing certain types of immigrants such as criminals, terrorists and those who are a threat to public health and security. If you are not among these, we may be able to ask the prosecutor to refrain from removing you because those resources are better used on higher priority targets.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to pursue one of these approaches or another. You should speak to us about your situation to learn about your available options.
Our Representation Can Make A Difference
Immigrants in removal proceedings who are represented by attorneys are 10 times more likely to have a favorable outcome over those who are not represented. This is not an exaggeration. Unrepresented immigrants find relief about 3.8% of the time, whereas represented immigrants find relief about 38% of the time.
You Do Not Need To Face This Situation Alone. We Are Here For You.
We are ready to fight for your interests throughout removal proceedings. Contact Griffin and Griffin today to learn about our immigration services. You can reach our Severna Park office online or by calling 443-782-5566.