Deportation Proceedings



Deportation Proceedings



Criminal Defense & Deportation/ Removal Proceedings


If you are not a United States citizen and you are charged with a crime, your ability to live and work in the United States is in jeopardy. It is important to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney who is aware of immigration consequences before pleading guilty or accepting any plea bargains. Certain crimes, whether misdemeanor or felony, can subject a person to removal or deportation. The two common categories of crimes that can lead to your deportation/removal are Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude (CIMT) and aggravated felonies. Past convictions can be used against you and place your into removal proceedings.

If you are placed in deportation/removal proceedings, you may be eligible for a bond hearing, which may allow you to be released from ICE custody. We will assess your case and determine your eligibility to remain in the United States through various forms of relief such as cancellation of removal, withholding of removal, and asylum


Criminal Defense & Deportation/ Removal Proceedings


If you are not a United States citizen and you are charged with a crime, your ability to live and work in the United States is in jeopardy. It is important to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney who is aware of immigration consequences before pleading guilty or accepting any plea bargains. Certain crimes, whether misdemeanor or felony, can subject a person to removal or deportation. The two common categories of crimes that can lead to your deportation/removal are Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude (CIMT) and aggravated felonies. Past convictions can be used against you and place your into removal proceedings.

If you are placed in deportation/removal proceedings, you may be eligible for a bond hearing, which may allow you to be released from ICE custody. We will assess your case and determine your eligibility to remain in the United States through various forms of relief such as cancellation of removal, withholding of removal, and asylum



FBI/DHS – What do I do if the FBI or DHS request interview with me?


Contact a Lawyer before you speak with DHS or the FBI!

  • You have the right to a lawyer before you meet with anyone from DHS or the FBI.
  • You can decline the interview, but this may be viewed as suspicious in some cases.
  • Note: If you receive any document from the FBI/DHS, we recommend you contact our office immediately.
  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a government agency that is responsible for enforcing U.S. immigration laws and keeping the borders secure. DHS tries to keep communities safe by identifying people who are doing things that the U.S. government does not support, such as supporting organizations or people by sending money to groups overseas that the U.S. government does not support.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a government agency that monitors internal U.S. security and fights domestic and international terrorism.
  • The FBI or DHS may interview asylum seekers or refugees with regard to general community engagement or something potentially concerning in your history before you came to the U.S. or since you came to U.S., and they need additional information.
  • The FBI or DHS may ask you for one or multiple interviews; neither of these is necessarily a bad indication.
You have the right to have an attorney present. There are legal organizations in Houston that may be able to provide you a free attorney.

  • You have the right to set the time and place for the interview.
  • You have the right to find out the questions they will ask beforehand.
  • You have the right to have an interpreter present. There are legal organizations in Houston that may be able to provide you a free interpreter.
    Note:
    Note: There is NO automatic deportation – you have many due process and procedural rights, such as the right to attorney (not at government expense), the right to hearing, and more.
  • Ask to see a badge or business card at the beginning of the interview.
  • Ask the person for their name, title, agency, phone number, and email address. Write it down, and keep a record.
  • Write down what was asked or discussed during the interview. You may also record the interview on your phone instead of keeping written notes.
  • You have a right to refuse to hand over documents
  • If you do not understand the question, seek clarification before answering.
  • You have the right to answer only the questions you feel comfortable answering. No matter what, assume that everything you say is on the record.
  • You can end the interview at any point if it becomes combative, you feel uncomfortable, or you want to speak to an attorney.

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