Deportation Dos and Don'ts06/07/2017
If you are a legal permanent resident currently in deportation proceedings for criminal activity, the first thing you need to do is hire an immigration attorney right away. Not only can your immigration lawyer provide expert counsel and give you advice on the steps you need to take, but he or she can also take measures to make sure that you are protected for the duration of the legal process. Here are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind throughout the course of your deportation proceedings. These tips can help make a bad situation better and help to create a more positive outcome.
DO: Tell your lawyer the truth. If you have a criminal history, it is essential that you share all the details with your attorney. This way they can be prepared for anything that might come up as a result of your prior offenses. If your attorney isn’t able to adequately prepare for trial because you were not honest about your criminal record, you may lose your green card.
DON’T: Do anything illegal. Once you have been apprehended by ICE, the last thing you want to do while you are awaiting trial is get into more trouble. This not only makes the case for your deportation stronger but it also causes your attorney to have to fight an uphill battle, as judges obviously do not look favorably upon criminal activity, regardless of the circumstances.
DO: Prove that you are rehabilitated. If your past offense involved illegal drug activity or driving under the influence of alcohol, going through a substance abuse program, becoming involved in religion, or volunteering for community service while in detention with ICE are all good ways to show the judge that you are committed to moving past your offense and starting fresh.
DON’T: Lie to the judge or government attorney. When you are being questioned on the witness stand, you are sworn tell the truth at all times. The judge and government attorney will be able to tell if you are lying, which can result in lots of trouble for you, ultimately ending with you losing your green card.
DO: Come up with a written statement that details your life. Writing a letter outlining why you came to the United States, what challenges you have faced, the circumstances surrounding your criminal activity, and what you have done since to rehabilitate. This letter can serve as a powerful insight into the motives for your offense as well as show the judge and government attorney that you are serious about seeking rehabilitation and moving forward.
DON’T: Lose hope. It can seem bleak at times when you are facing deportation, but know that your immigration attorney is working hard to help you achieve the best possible outcome. If you continue on the right path and are able to demonstrate that you have learned from past transgressions and now strive to be a law-abiding citizen, you will know in your heart that you have done all you can do to get the judge and government attorney to allow you to keep your legal residency status.
Sunstate Immigration in Tampa, FL is here for you if you are in need of an immigration lawyer. Diaz Shafer, PA, and her team of legal experts have helped U.S. immigrants from all over the world with a variety of immigration law issues. Call Sunstate Immigration today at 1-855-VISA-SUN to schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney. Together we will do all we can to help you keep your legal resident status!