Detainees Across Texas And The United States
If you’re loved one has been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), do not lose hope. This does not necessarily mean he or she will be deported. The immigration attorneys at Walker Gates Vela help clients in and around Austin with jail and ICE release. We defend our clients against criminal charges and threats of deportation. We stake our reputation on protecting and upholding the rights of immigrants whose well-being is at risk.
Do not attempt to assist your friend or family member alone. The immigration system in the United States is harsh, complex and difficult to understand. At Walker Gate Vela, our lawyers have been working within this system for years – our legal staff uses their superior knowledge and savvy to resolve even the most complex immigration, deportation, or detention matter.
Why Was My Loved One Detained By Immigration?
There are a few possible reasons why your friend or family member was detained by immigration:
- He or she committed a crime
- He or she was found to be undocumented
- He or she attempted to cross the border without proper documentation
If your loved one was charged with a crime, is it possible he or she was brought into state, federal, or local jail and then taken into ICE custody. If you know your family member or friend was arrested and cannot find him or her in the local jail, you might need to locate them using the ICE Online Detainee Locator System.
Getting Released From ICE Custody
For someone to win release from jail or immigration custody, your loved one must prove he or she is not a flight or security risk. Be prepared to present evidence of the detainee’s stability and positive track record in the United States, such as:
- Identification evidence
- Green card or visa
- Stable address
- Work history
- Birth certificates of a spouse and/or children
- Titles to property
Our immigration lawyers offer superior criminal defense for immigrants across Texas. Any non-citizen facing a criminal charge needs to be assured that his criminal matter will be handled in a such a way as to not jeopardize or further harm his or her chances of remaining legally in the United States. At Walker Gates Vela, our attorneys are seasoned practitioners of criminal defense of immigrants. We work to successfully navigate the risky and complex intersection of the criminal and immigration laws.
Immigration bonds – If someone you love is in ICE custody, you may be able to secure an immigration bond to secure his or her release. Not all detainees are eligible for a bond and may be subject to mandatory detention – these are usually individuals accused of serious crimes. If your loved one qualifies for a bond, ICE will set a bond amount and your attorney can work to negotiate a more favourable rate.
Deportation laws – Under U.S. immigration law, if your loved one is undocumented, he or she may face deportation, also known as removal. Deportation is unlikely if the person is in the country legally and is convicted of a minor offense. However, deportation may be eminent if any immigrant is convicted of:
- Aggravated felonies, such as rape, murder, or arson
- Failing to register as a sex offender
- Domestic violence
- Gun or drug-related charges
To ensure your loved one’s safe stay in the United States, please retain an attorney who knows the complex relationship of the criminal and deportation laws. At Walker Gates Vela, we have the knowledge and experience to ensure that the immigration laws are taken into account at every phase of a criminal legal matter.
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