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Deportation Defense Lawyer in Tampa

Helping Clients Facing Removal Proceedings in Immigration Law Court Hearings

Are you or a loved one facing the prospect of deportation from the United States? Navigating the labyrinth of immigration laws and deportation hearings can be overwhelming and emotionally exhausting. It’s important to know that you are not alone in this fight. Immigration attorney Ernesto Buitrago is highly qualified and personally dedicated to helping clients and their family members fight removal proceedings and explore the legal options available to prevent deportation.

Thousands of immigrants are deported back to their home countries every year in the United States. As an immigrant, you’ve likely considered the threat of removal from time to time — it’s probably hard not to. America’s immigration laws are constantly changing, and immigrants are understandably concerned about how those changes affect them and their families.

Deportation lawyer Ernesto Buitrago has a thorough understanding of the immigration process and removal proceedings. At our law firm, we represent individuals and their families concerned about entering immigration courts, losing their legal immigration status, and being deported back to their home country of origin. Our legal experience includes deportation cases involving serious criminal convictions, marriage fraud, and crimes of moral turpitude.

To learn more about our legal services, please schedule a free case review with our Tampa Bay law office today.

How Do Deportation Defense Lawyers in Tampa Help Those in Deportation Proceedings?

Unlike criminal cases, deportation proceedings are classified as civil sanctions and access to legal counsel is not guaranteed or afforded to the defendant. As a result, many immigrants, especially those in detention by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), face many obstacles in the legal process for obtaining immigration lawyers with extensive experience handling deportation cases. However, if you or a family member contacts an immigration deportation defense attorney to represent your legal interests, it is possible to fight against removal orders and potentially secure an opportunity to remain in the United States.

Deportation attorneys play an important role for individuals facing the prospect of deportation. It is highly recommended that you seek legal help from an attorney if you or a family member are under the threat of deportation. By having knowledgeable legal representation in your corner, you can increase your chances of getting a fair courtroom hearing and also present convincing evidence for defenses against your removal.

Many individuals are unfamiliar with the legal reasoning that an immigration judge uses when deciding whether or not to remove someone from the United States. Familiarity and experience in these practice areas could persuade immigration judges that the necessary facts of your case deserve more favorable possible outcomes than removal.

What Are Common Grounds for Removal from the United States?

If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may be deported back to your country of origin according to the laws established by the US Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Common reasons for deportation from the US include:

  • You have been convicted of a crime.
  • You have falsified immigration documents.
  • You’ve entered the United States illegally.
  • You have violated your legal immigration status.

Not all criminal charges lead to deportation. Certain crimes, such as drug crimes, domestic violence, or an aggravated felony, may potentially lead to deportation proceedings. More serious crimes like terrorist activity will almost certainly result in removal.

Lying during the green card application process, or a process for any other immigration document, is another common reason for removal from the United States. False marriages, wherein someone marries a U.S. citizen to claim the benefits of being a green card holder, can be met with harsh consequences.

Other examples of immigration status violations include illegal voting, failing to notify the USCIS about a change of address, overstaying a visa, accepting public assistance while on a green card, and taking employment when your visa does not authorize work.

Can Green Card Holders Be Deported?

A green card holder can potentially be subject to removal from the US if they have violated certain laws.

It is even possible for those with U.S. citizenship to be deported, provided they achieved naturalization by falsifying their citizenship application forms. To learn more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our law firm for legal assistance.

Is it Possible to Stop Deportation?

For some immigrants, there is a one-time option called the cancellation of removal. This allows green card holders to file a cancellation of removal request, also called a waiver of deportability. Only certain green card holders meet the requirements for the cancellation of removal.

Others may consider voluntary departure. Homeland Security may grant voluntary departure to an individual in lieu of removal proceedings. The benefit of voluntary departure is that the foreign national avoids the decade-long ban on reentry.

Refugees may be granted asylum if they have a credible fear of persecution about being returned to their home countries. Also, if you can prove that you are more than likely to be tortured, you may receive protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT).

Similar to asylum, there is withholding of removal relief. To establish withholding of removal relief, you and your immigration attorney must prove that it is more likely than not that your life or freedom would be threatened on account of your race, nationality, political opinion, or religion if you were returned to the proposed country of removal.

Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Lawyer Today

As your immigration attorney, Ernesto Buitrago will lend legal assistance in various matters, such as bond hearings, filing waivers, seeking asylum, completing government forms, seeking an adjustment of status, and more. If the immigration judge decides against your case, the attorney will also consider making appeals.

If you or a loved one are facing the threat of deportation, it’s important to hire an experienced Tampa immigration lawyer to represent your legal rights. Our law firm has extensive experience in immigration law, and we would be proud to assist you as you seek to cancel removal proceedings and stay in the United States. To discuss your case in more detail, please schedule a free case evaluation with our Tampa law office today. You may reach us at 866-519-3545.