How to fight a deportation order?
If you have received a deportation order, you are probably worried and scared. What happens next?
Immigrants and non-citizens have a right to receive legal counsel from a lawyer. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and make sure that you receive due process before being deported. Immigration law differs from criminal law – the law does not say that you have a right to a free defense lawyer in Immigration Court, like you do in criminal court, but you do have a right to retain a lawyer of your choice and be represented in Immigration Court.
Your best chance to win the fight in deportation court is by working with a highly skilled immigration lawyer that will take your case, screen you thoroughly for relief from deportation, and help you prepare and present the best case in Court. Court proceedings can be very confusing and complex. If the judge rules in favor of deportation, an order of removal is issued to provide legal standing to enforce the removal.
In the unfortunate circumstance that you challenge the deportation and lose, a judge will issue an order of removal. While it sounds final, you may still have options. Immigrants have thirty days to appeal a deportation order, at which time the order may be put on hold while the appeal is processed. You must have a good reason to appeal, however, so it’s important that your case was carefully planned and presented to the Judge so you can defend yourself on appeal if you need to do so.
Immigrants, even undocumented aliens, have basic civil rights under the US constitution. This means that they also have a right to legal representation (at their own cost, again, as stated above) when facing deportation. They will not be provided with a free lawyer, but instead, have the right to hire an attorney to represent them.
Our law firm can help you navigate this scary and challenging time.