Today, more than ever, the US immigration system may seem complicated and overwhelming. The immigration attorneys at Cervantes & Cervantes, PLC are here to help get your loved ones back home.
Cervantes & Cervantes represents clients in every stage of the immigration process. Unfortunately, this sometimes means representing clients before the EOIR Immigration Court of Arlington, VA.
Individuals who reside inside the U.S. without a valid status can be placed in removal proceedings, as well as legal immigrants who have committed a crime. Although removal proceedings are open to any without a valid status, this proceeding is often triggered when the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is alerted by local law enforcement after an unrelated charge and arrest. Although some local jurisdictions have chosen to not place detainers on those without valid status, this is not the norm.
This is the beginning of a process by which ICE, part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), attempts to remove an individual from the United States. Some individuals are allowed to challenge his or her removal before the Immigration Courts and before the Board of Immigration Appeals. We have zealously defended individuals before the EOIR Immigration Court of Arlington, VA.
At Cervantes & Cervantes, we understand that if you or a loved one gets detained by ICE, it can be scary and overwhelming as well as extremely time-sensitive. Our attorneys can guide you and your family through this difficult process and will provide you with zealous and timely representation. We will do our best to explore every area of relief available to you and to keep your family together.
If you are a non-citizen facing criminal charges, ensure that you have an attorney that understands all of the consequences while representing you in a criminal proceeding.
Cervantes & Cervantes, PLC frequently counsels outside attorneys on the adverse consequences to a non-citizen's status if he or she accepts a plea or is found guilty. Often, plea deals that seem initially appealing can have dire immigration consequences. Ensure that you have an attorney that is knows of all the consequences while representing you in a criminal proceedings.
Padilla produced a duty whereby defense attorneys can no longer overlook the ways non-citizens are adversly affected when they enter the criminal justice system. This was stated in the 2010 Supreme Court decision of Padilla v. Kentucky. In Padilla, the court mandated that attorneys advise their clients on the serious and likely consequences of a plea. Specifically, the consequences to a non-citizen's immigration status if he accepted a plea.
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