Frequently Asked Questions
There is not an easy answer to this question, but here are some suggestions 1. Make sure you are comfortable with your lawyer and you trust them. Before you go meet with them, do your homework. Research their name and look at the reviews they have. 2. You should always sit down with the attorney before you hire them. Most attorney's offer a free consultation. 3. During the free session, did they really ask you about your case? Did they ask detailed facts about your case and about your background? Did they walk you through the process and went over possible outcomes? This is important because it tells you the difference between an attorney who really cares about your case versus a lawyer who just wants to bring you into his/her office under the pretext of a free consultation just to make a sale. It is also important, because it is generally an indication of how the attorney will treat your case after you hire them. 4. Be aware of attorneys that promise you an outcome before they even signed on to your case. For example, some attorneys will promise you a dismissal if you hire them. A defense attorney cannot dismiss a case. That usually rests in the hands of the prosecutor. In some cases, a judge can suppress evidence, which will leave the prosecutor no choice but to dismiss the case. What a good attorney will do is review all the evidence and make sure all the evidence was obtained properly. If it was not, then it is the job of the attorney to fight to get it suppressed.
Yes, I am fluent in Spanish
My first consultation is free. I will sit down with you and discuss the facts of your case, and what your options are
Yes. I accept payment plans. I require a down payment, and the rest will be paid in monthly payments.
There are many attorneys out there that will take your case, but not all attorneys will give you the best possible representation. Most attorneys will have areas that they specialize in. That means that they have handled many cases in that particular area and are able to identify problems that an attorney that specializes in another area can't. An even bigger advantage, is an attorney who has been on both sides of the fence. For example, a defense attorney who is a former prosecutor will give you the advantage of (1) knowing how things work on the inside, how prosecutors handle their cases, (2) use that information, and the experience they have to easily identify problems and get the best result for you. So, if you have a criminal case, you should hire a lawyer who specializes in criminal law. On the same token, if you have a civil matter, you should hire an attorney who specializes in civil law.
If you get arrested, ask for an attorney and do not answer any questions or make any statements. Don't be rude to the officers, but politely tell the officers that you don't want to talk to them. As soon as you post bond, consult with a defense attorney. If you cannot post bond, ask a family member or a friend to contact an attorney for you.
The best thing you can do is not to answer any questions, consent to any search, and do not talk about your case to anyone other than your attorney
You can check processing times here: https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do
You can check the status of your case here: https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/mycasestatus.do It is usually the number that starts wit WACxxxxxxxxx. Enter the number with no spaces or dashes.
If you suspect that your relative may be in ICE custody, you can check the USCIS Detainee locater at https://locator.ice.gov/odls/homePage.do
Deferred Action for childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is an immigration policy that allows certain individuals to apply for a renewable permit, good for 2 years, which allows them to avoid deportation. In order to be eligible for DACA, you must have come to the US before your 16th birthday, you were under 31 years old in June 2012, were physically present in the U.S., are currently in school, graduated high school, or completed their GED, are an honorably discharged veteran, and have not been convicted for a felony or three or more misdemeanors, to apply for a renewable permit, good for two years, which allows them to avoid deportation
Removal proceedings can occur for a variety of reasons, including an arrest, a rejected application, or an expired visa. Regardless of the situation, you should never ignore a Notice to Appear. Many times, there are options to avoid deportation. Hire an immigration attorney who can look at your case and tell you what your options are.
If you are a U.S. citizen, you may be able to file a family-based immigration petition for your spouse, unmarried minor children, brother and sisters, and mothers and fathers. If you have a green card, you may apply for a family-based petition for your spouse, your minor child, or an unmarried child who is over 21 years of age.