Deportation Defense - Immigration Lawyers
Anyone who is not a U.S. citizen might suddenly find themselves facing the terrifying threat of deportation. Even if you are in the country legally on a work visa or with a green card, there are many circumstances – some as small as administrative errors – that might cause you to lose your status. You can quickly get ripped from your job, home, community, and family.
If you are facing the frightening possibility of deportation, it’s essential to have a top deportation defense attorney on your side. Brooks Law is here to help. Our trusted immigration lawyers have a proven track record of success helping clients throughout Massachusetts protect the American lives they have built.
At Brooks Law, we have the resources, in-depth experience, and exceptional legal skills to handle even the toughest deportation cases. Our attorneys provide you with the respect and personalized attention you deserve. You can trust that you will never have a hard time reaching us directly. We’ll do all we can to keep you updated on the status of your case, plus you can call or text us anytime you have questions.
Contact us today to get the help you need for your immigration case. Our deportation lawyers are available to speak with you in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Are You Facing Deportation? Here’s What to Expect
Did you receive a notice ordering you to appear for a removal hearing at an immigration court? If so, then you are likely facing deportation. It’s critical to immediately contact an experienced immigration attorney who can help you fight this.
In some circumstances, such as if a person unlawfully entered the U.S., the government will remove them from the country through an expedited process, and they will not even have the right to a hearing.
However, in most cases, people facing deportation have the right to a fair trial. At your hearing, a government lawyer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will present the government’s reason and evidence for why it argues you should be deported.
You will also have the right to present evidence in your defense. But this is often extremely challenging for defendants who try to argue their own case without the help of an experienced immigration lawyer. While you have a right to an attorney, if you are not a citizen of the U.S., you will have to find your own legal representation because the government will not provide you with one for free.
Reasons for Deportation
According to the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), some of the most common reasons that the government might give for deportation include:
- Overstaying your visa and entering the country without legal permission
- Working despite restrictions on your visa prohibiting you from taking a job
- Failing to quickly notify authorities about your change of address
- Misrepresenting yourself on visa or citizenship paperwork or another type of document fraud
- Running off at a U.S. immigration checkpoint
- Marriage fraud
- Violating protective orders
- Certain misdemeanors
- Any felony
- Criminal offenses involving drugs in any country
- Failing to register as a sex offender
- Helping smuggle an illegal alien into the country
- Human trafficking
- Illegally voting in a U.S. election
- Engaging in crimes like religious persecution, genocide, or child soldier recruitment
- Participating in, instigating, or appearing likely to incite terrorist activities
The government might also look to deport you if you committed a crime of “moral turpitude.” This is a very broad concept that can include any kind of crime that the U.S. government or a U.S. state law considers morally reprehensible or a shock to the public conscience.
What Crimes Could I Lose My Green Card Over?
Even after you get a green card in the U.S., you might still lose your legal residency status if you are convicted of certain major crimes. This means that as long as you are not a U.S. citizen, you might face the possibility of deportation. Some crimes that you could lose your green card over include:
- Drug offenses
- Firearms convictions
- Domestic violence
- Theft or robbery
- Murder or manslaughter
- Sexual assault
- Smuggling aliens
- Money laundering
If you were convicted in the past of a crime that is interfering with your green card status, then you might be able to get “post-conviction relief” to vacate your conviction. This can help protect you from deportation and help you avoid other potential complications in the future. A knowledgeable deportation defense attorney from our firm can evaluate your situation and investigate whether this might be an option for your case.
How to Appeal a Deportation Decision
If you lose your initial hearing, you typically have the right to file an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) against the unfavorable immigration court decision. This involves submitting a complex written legal brief to the BIA.
To give yourself the best chance at appealing a deportation decision, you need to work with a respected immigration attorney. To learn more about your legal rights to appeal, contact Brooks Law now for a consultation.
How a Deportation Defense Lawyer Can Help
If you are facing the possibility of removal from the U.S., contact an experienced deportation defense attorney immediately. Our lawyers will listen to your story and help you understand your legal options. We can also help with all aspects of your case, including:
- Gathering evidence to support your defense
- Preparing applications and petitions for court
- Guiding you through the complexities of the U.S. immigration system
- Advocating aggressively on your behalf in court
Get the help you need with your deportation case. Contact the trusted Massachusetts deportation defense lawyers at Brooks Law today.