Here in the United States, citizens are accustomed to, and often demand, to be granted certain rights. However, if you are an immigrant facing deportation, those rights may not apply to you or they may apply under some certain and specific modifications. Here is a quick look at a list of five vital things you must know about deportation defense:
- You have the right to a hearing.
Once a Notice to Appear in Removal Proceedings has been served, a person cannot simply be deported. Most often, notices and denials of green cards have language that says something like “you have 30 days to leave or face deportation.” Those notices additionally fail to mention the right to a hearing.
- You have the right to an attorney.
Similar to criminal trials, the defendant does have a right to an attorney. The catch is that the right to counsel does not include free legal representation. You will need to find a lawyer and retain services for legal defense on your own.
- You have a right to be understood.
The court will provide an interpreter in any language for anyone on trial or witnesses whose first language is not English. Even if the defendant’s English is good, a judge wants to make sure that the defendant can verbally express themselves as clearly as possible and leave no room for error. It is also a wise decision to hire an attorney who can speak your language.
- The process is complicated.
Regardless of the specific circumstances, a deportation case is complicated. Many attorneys say that right along with tax law, immigration law is the most complex of all. When it comes to deportation defense, it is often more confusing than other parts of immigration law.
- Do your research when hiring an attorney.
Hiring an attorney that advertises that they “do immigration cases” is not all the research that should be done. Anyone can say that they do any type of case. However, having a skilled and well-versed attorney in deportation law specifically is going to help make the process go much more smoothly.
If you or a loved one is facing deportation, hire a reliable, trustworthy, and knowledgeable attorney. The attorneys at Davis & Associates are skilled deportation attorneys in Houston. Our office cares about you and your family and will provide you the expert advice you need. Our mission is to provide the most qualified counsel available at the best possible price. Contact our offices today and see what we can do for you.