Should the government issue a foreign citizen an Order of Removal, or deportation notice, the person is very likely going to feel scared, helpless, angry, and a wide range of other emotions that would be more than understandable in the situation. Luckily, individuals don’t have to fight a deportation notice alone; they can invest in the help of an experienced immigration and expulsion attorney, instead.
Not a Criminal Matter
Only individuals who are going through the criminal courts have the guaranteed right to an attorney. Because immigration matters are handled by administrative courts and are therefore considered administrative proceedings, the right to an attorney does not extend into the immigration courts. Although not guaranteed, the ability to have an attorney represent a case still exists as an option which anyone forced to stand for an immigration hearing can and should exercise.
Why an Attorney is So Important
Immigration policy, as it currently stands, does not care whether a person has been in the United States for his or her whole life, has paid taxes on time for his or her whole adult life, has started a business in his or her local community, or done anything else good for the county and society as a whole. A person who is not either a natural born or naturalized U.S. citizen may be deported from the country for one of any number of offenses, ranging from violation of an administrative immigration rule (like failing to renew a visa) to violation of a serious and/or violent criminal offense.
This means that a single mistake could put a person’s life in the United States in major jeopardy. With the threat of a deportation looming after a deportation order has been issued, foreign citizens in the United States simply can’t afford not to work with experienced legal counsel. In many cases, an attorney may be able to have a deportation order postponed or dismissed entirely.
Getting Started with Legal Counsel
As soon as a person facing expulsion partners with an experienced immigration attorney, that person will experience relief from a major burden almost immediately. Instead of worrying about what he or she is going to do, the person facing deportation can continue with life as normal as the attorney works his or her hardest to craft an argument against deportation and have it presented to the court.
If they are concerned that the cost of an attorney may be too expensive to afford, individuals facing deportation or removal orders should consider how much is on the line if they end up getting deported. The expense of an attorney will be seen as more than fair if the attorney is able to help the person remain in the United States and continue living life as normal.
If they don’t hire an attorney, individuals facing deportation will be expected to stand for deportation / removal hearings on their own and to present their own cases for why a deportation order should be cancelled. If they have never had to present a case in court, then those facing deportation be placed at an obvious disadvantage, since the government attorney pressing for a deportation will have a considerable amount of legal experience over the person self representing.