Removal & Detention
Consult an Immigration Lawyer Prior to Traffic or Criminal Charges to Alleviate Removal & Deportation
You should consult with an immigration lawyer before you file an application or enter a plea to a pending criminal or traffic charge. Filing an application for your green card or naturalization could lead to your detention and placement in removal proceedings by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Entering a plea of guilty to even a minor criminal charge could result in an ICE detainer and threatened deportation.
By consulting with our immigration lawyer before you file an application or enter a plea, you may prevent your deportation. Our immigration lawyer will advise you of any and all possible risks. He can also work with your criminal defense attorney to eliminate or minimize the adverse consequences of any pending criminal or traffic charge, or any guilty plea.
Consultations for Criminal Defense Lawyerss
If you are a criminal defense lawyer representing a non-citizen, consult with our immigration lawyer to minimize the negative immigration consequences of a criminal charge and plea agreement. This is especially important under the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky. If you represent a non-citizen, call our office now to discuss the case with our immigration attorney.
If your loved one is being held by a local jail under an ICE hold or detainer, you must act fast to protect their rights under the law. A non-citizen cannot be held indefinitely in a local jail under an ICE detainer. Our immigration detention attorney has a specialized understanding of ICE detainers and available ways to secure a release. However, time is of the essence. We must act as soon as possible
If You Receive a Notice to Appear
Immigration law is an important focus of our practice here at the law firm of Valverde & Rowell, P.A. in Virginia Beach. We have defended many legal immigrants who have received a Notice to Appear from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). You may have broken the law by simply staying past the visa limit, or applied for citizenship only to discover a glitch from your past.
A Notice is Appear is very serious. You may need to leave your family and friends behind, as well as your job and your American life. If you have received a Notice to Appear, or are under arrest for a traffic violation, please contact us as soon as possible at (757) 422-8472 locally. A qualified removal and deportation attorney will meet with you to discuss your case and find a way to fight the charges.
When Everything Goes Wrong
You may have been charged if you were arrested on unrelated charges or applied to renew your green card or Lawful Permanent Resident status (LPR). Many people have gotten into trouble with immigration authorities when a previous conviction or arrest came to light. Some clients have received a Notice to Appear after applying for citizenship.
If you have been placed in custody, we move, and move fast. A qualified immigration law attorney will work with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to secure a release on bond so that you can continue to work. We will investigate the deportation and removal charges to see if we can find grounds for dismissal. If you have been charged with criminal wrongdoing, we team up with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to minimize the impact of on your immigration status.
Building a Strong Defense for Deportation and Removal Charges
In immigration court, we identify any potential grounds for relief from removal, including requesting asylum, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status and waivers. If that fails, we can work with you to request voluntary departure, which gives you 120 days to wrap up your business and personal affairs. By requesting voluntary departure, you may be eligible for a visa in the future, so that one day you may be able to return legally. If you are deported involuntarily, you may lose that option for 10 years.
Contact an Experienced Immigration Defense Lawyer
Bradford A. MillerAssociate at Valverde & Rowell, P.C.
Hugo Raul ValverdePartner at Valverde & Rowell, P.C.
R. Barry RowellPartner at Valverde & Rowell, P.C.
Andrew J. ReigelAssociate at Valverde & Rowell, P.C.