Deportation is one of the most frightening prospects one can face during the immigration process. You don’t have to face the government alone. The law does not require you to be provided with an attorney, but you do have the right to hire your own attorney to defend you against deportation. Call Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan as soon as possible to get the legal advice you are entitled to.
Just because the government files a removal case against you does not mean that you will be forced to leave the country. There are many defenses to removal proceedings, which is why it is important to consult with a lawyer about your particular case. You will usually only have one chance to make your case to an immigration judge. This is why it is important to be sure you select the right strategy for defending the removal proceedings against you and come prepared with all the evidence and testimony you need to make your chosen strategy successful.
In some cases, removal proceedings are the result of a simple clerical error. If, for example, you have a common name, the government could mix up your file with that of someone who has your same name but who has committed, and they are the one who should face removal proceedings. The government might also have outdated information about the expiration date of your visa or green card. These clerical problems can usually be corrected by presenting documentation of the error at your immigration hearing.
In other cases, you might ask the immigration court to adjust your immigration status. You could be eligible to stay in the country on other grounds. For example, there are many humanitarian categories for refugees seeking asylum, victims of crimes, human trafficking victims, and victims of domestic violence. If you are eligible for one of these categories, you can seek an adjustment of your immigration status that could prevent you from being removed from the country.
It is absolutely critical that you contact an immigration attorney as soon as you learn of problems with your immigration status. The sooner an attorney becomes involved in your case, the better options he or she will have for resolving the government’s case against you. If you wait until the last minute, you might be left with no better options than leaving the country voluntarily instead of being officially deported (which makes it easier to come back legally in the future). There are many options available for stopping removal proceedings. Your attorney will, however, need time to investigate your case and prove that you are eligible for relief.
At Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, our experienced immigration attorneys know how to handle deportation cases. Contact us to schedule a consultation with a Hinsdale deportation defense attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you have an experienced immigration lawyer fighting on your side, the better protected your legal rights will be.