Austin Immigration Bond Lawyers Explain Immigration Bond Hearings
Immigration bonds are a form of federal bond and are typically set for detainees held by the US Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pending a hearing or court appearance. If your loved one has been detained by ICE, you may be able to secure their release if you can obtain an immigration bond. This is a confusing and difficult process – obtain the assistance of an immigration lawyer in Austin to ensure your best possible chance of getting a bond.
At Walker Gates Vela, PLLC, we do everything in our power to get your loved one free after being detained. We understand the immense pain of watching someone you love suffer behind bars. We work quickly and effectively to set their bond hearing and argue to get them the lowest bond possible.
Learn more about immigration bonds in Austin
Once you are able to contact the detainee, WGV can make a motion for a “bond hearing” if a bond has not already been set. Everyone who has been detained by immigration is entitled to a bond hearing. You can also request a hearing in the initial bond set by the judge is too high.
Similar to bail in a traditional criminal case, a bond allows the detainee to go free until their future court date. If he or she appears for court, the bond is returned.
At the hearing, an immigration judge determines whether your loved can be released on bond – or whether he or she is subject to mandatory detention. You must pay the bond before the detainee can be released. A “Master Calendar” date will be set, at which the detainee must appear and answer ICE’s allegations. The process may take a few months or even a few years, depending on the court docket and what kinds of relief the immigrant has available.
Bond hearings in an Austin immigration court
After one of our Austin immigration attorneys files a motion for a bond hearing, the hearing is usually scheduled to happen within one to two weeks. The judge reviews all the preliminary issues and determines whether the detainee is eligible for bond. The judge also determines whether the detainee is a flight risk. We provide evidence that your meet all the requirements to qualify for a bond.
Eligibility for immigration bonds
Not every immigrant detained by ICE can qualify for a bond. You are NOT eligible for bond if:
- You were detained at the border while trying to enter the country
- You have multiple convictions for crimes of moral turpitude
- You have been convicted of an aggravated felony
- You have been convicted of one or more drug offenses or offenses involving firearms
- Visit our page devoted to criminal immigration issues
Speak with one of our immigration lawyers in Austin to learn more about bond eligibility.
Contact our Austin immigration bond lawyers
At Walker Gates Vela, our primary objective is to provide fair representation to aliens who may feel as though they have no rights. We are a family-focused law with a deep dedication to helping our immigration population get their fair day in court. Speak to an attorney right away by calling (512) 633-1785 for our Austin office and (361) 356-4502 for our Corpus Christi location or contact us online today.