Greer Immigration Court Attorneys
Fighting for the Rights of Our Clients
If you are being summoned to appear at a hearing in immigration court, there is a good chance the government intends to place you in removal proceedings. In many cases, you will even be detained in advance of a hearing, potentially separating you from your loved ones until a decision is reached in your case. Consequently, matters heard in immigration court carry a grave importance. An unfavorable decision can lead to your deportation, representing a tremendous burden to you and your loved ones.
When you are the subject of an immigration court proceeding, it is essential you retain the services of a skilled and experienced legal team. Our Greer immigration court lawyers at Colón Law Firm have substantial experience in litigating these matters and fighting for our clients’ rights. Our team can give you the individualized, compassionate attention it deserves, and you and your loved ones will be afforded constant communication on the status and progress of your case.
How You Could Land in Immigration Court
Probably the most common reason people appear in immigration court is because the government is seeking to remove them from the country through deportation. Without a lawyer, a scheduled hearing established by a Notice to Appear (NTA) can quickly turn into swift removal proceedings.
You can also end up in immigration court to decide matters relating to asylum. Some individuals will have the matter of their potential asylee status determined by an immigration judge, depending on the circumstances.
Frustratingly, you can even end up in immigration court if you are in the process of legally immigrating. This is common in situations where your visa has expired and you were not able to file a renewal in time or if you had a nonimmigrant visa and were exploring means to stay in the country.
Having a skilled attorney help mount your deportation defense is critical to avoid removal from the country. At your first hearing, you will have an opportunity to state whether you have chosen to retain legal representation, at which point our Greer immigration court attorneys can move to schedule additional hearings and work to find you relief.
Differences Between Immigration Court and Other Courts
Immigration courts tend to be congested with cases, creating an incentive to move proceedings as quickly as possible. In practice, this means many cases will be decided in a single hearing, especially if the defendant lacks legal representation.
Many people with some familiarity with the law know that someone accused of and arrested for a crime is entitled to legal representation to defend them in court. This is not the case for immigration court: You are not automatically entitled to a lawyer, and a grand majority of defendants appearing in court ultimately do not have one.
Other constitutional protections you may have come to expect in other courtrooms will not apply in immigration court. This is why it is so important to hire an attorney that is familiar with litigating in immigration court and has first-hand knowledge on how best to defend you.
Appealing Decisions in Immigration Court
In most cases heard in immigration court, you will appear before a judge who will review the contents of your Notice to Appear – which include the reasons for why the government believes you should be removed from the country. If you have legal representation, your lawyer can dispute the veracity of the grounds listed in the NTA. Witnesses may be summoned to offer testimony, and you may be expected to take the stand to answer questions and advocate on your own behalf.
If the grounds of the NTA are not in question, various forms of deportation relief may be pursued, instead. If the immigration judge hands down an unfavorable decision, an immediate deportation order might be issued.
If you become the subject of a deportation order, we can delay your removal of the country and explore other options by filing an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals. This arm of the Justice Department hears appeals for decisions made in immigration court. Though it can often affirm decisions made by lower courts, appealing gives us additional time to evaluate options and pursue other forms of relief.
Should the Board of Immigrant Appeals rule unfavorably, we can escalate a decision in your case to the U.S. Court of Appeals while simultaneously seeking a Stay of Removal. This order prevents the government from removing you from the country while a final decision is made by the federal court.
The bottom line is we will do everything in our power to keep our clients in the United States with their families. Aggressively pursuing appeals is one of many tools we can use to facilitate deportation defense and navigate immigration court.
Let Us Be Your Legal Partner in Immigration Court
Immigration court is one of the most confusing and intimidating elements of immigration law, especially because it does not operate under the same rules as other court systems. Successful handling a case is crucial, as the stakes will likely never be higher. Our Greer immigration court lawyers at Colón Law Firm understand how to successfully fight for our clients in these scenarios and will leave no stone unturned in pursuing a positive outcome in your case. We the stresses involved with any immigration court case and will make sure you and your loved ones have constant communication and access to our team.