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Deportation Hearings Require Legal Counsel

Article by Sally Odell

Deportation hearings are serious matters and require the assistance of legal counsel. They are too important to trust to someone you believe to have experience in this area, and then you find out too late that was not the case.

Deportation proceedings are usually started due to several reasons. Those reasons include the commission of a felony or misdemeanor and subsequent conviction; immigration violations; the expiry of a green card or Visa; not leaving after being granted a voluntary departure; immigration fraud; violations at your place of employment; and/or a final order of removal/deportation after asylum has been denied.

While you may think that once this process is started you do not have much of a chance of success, that is not the case. An experienced immigration attorney has many tools at his disposal to deal with situations like this; e.g. applying for political asylum, the cancellation of the removal order, making your status that of a permanent resident or even getting a pardon or waiver under the auspices of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

It’s disturbing to note that since the passage of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act in 1996 deportations have risen dramatically.

Even if an immigrant commits a minor misdemeanor (shoplifting, drunk driving, etc.) they may wind up being removed from the country and it does not matter how long they have been U.S. lawful permanent residents.

The other concern is that it does not matter how long ago you committed these infractions of the law. It may have been 20 years ago, a long buried childish prank, but you may still face deportation. If you find yourself in this kind of situation, do not hesitate to contact a competent immigration lawyer for help.

Aggravated felonies are another category in which people may be deported. On the surface you’d think that makes sense; however, an aggravated felony is interpreted more broadly under immigration law than criminal law.

Compounding these inequities is the fact that what may NOT have been an aggravated felony that would lead to deportation when it was committed, it may be now. If you are proven to be an aggravated felon, there are precious few options open to you. Seek legal counsel immediately.

About the Author

Sally Odell – Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, PA is an immigration lawyer in Miami with immigration law offices in Orlando and Miami Florida. To learn more, visit http://www.rifkinandfoxisicoff.com.

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