Do I need to hire an immigration lawyer for my deportation case?

A deportation lawyer or immigration lawyer can increase your chances of successfully defending against deportation. The statistics related to legal representation in immigration court generally focus on the impact of having an immigration attorney for an asylum claim – which is one of the defenses to deportation that are available. According to an American Bar Association report that summarized statistics for 2003, 39% of non-detained represented asylum seekers received political asylum, compared to 14% of non-detained unrepresented asylum seekers. Only 18% of detained asylum seekers who were represented by an immigration attorney were successful, compared to 3% of those who were not represented. In addition, 25% of asylum seekers who were initially detained at a port-of-entry without proper documents and who had legal representation were granted asylum. Only 2% of asylum seekers who were initially detained at a port-of-entry without proper documents and who were unrepresented were granted asylum.

What will a deportation lawyer do for you?
Your immigration lawyer will assist you by:

  • Identifying all forms of relief from removal for which you qualify
  • Preparing your application for relief
  • Identifying and collecting evidence to support your application for relief
  • Coordinating witness testimony if needed
  • Presenting your case to the immigration judge
  • Drafting court motions and briefs, including a Motion to Change Venue to move your case to a more convenient immigration court if you are currently scheduled for a hearing at a court far from your home
  • Conducting direct and cross-examination during your hearing in immigration court
  • Preparing you for your immigration hearing
  • Helping you decide if voluntary departure is the best option for you

You are not required to have a deportation lawyer represent you in court, and the government will not provide you with an immigration lawyer. But, because an immigration lawyer can improve your chances of successfully defending yourself from deportation, you should strongly consider hiring an immigration lawyer to represent you.

If you live in Maryland your local immigration court is the Baltimore Immigration Court. If you live in DC or Virginia, your local immigration court is the Arlington Immigration Court. If your case is before either the Baltimore Immigration Court or the Arlington Immigration Court, or you would like to have your case moved to one of these courts, and you would like to speak with a deportation lawyer, please contact the Schaefer Law Firm or call (202) 642-4529.

About Kimberley Schaefer

Kimberley Schaefer is an immigration lawyer with client meeting locations in Fairfax, Virginia, Reston, Virginia and Washington DC. She helps future Americans become citizens by assisting them with immigrant visas, fiance visas, adjustment of status and green card applications, applying for immigration waivers, fighting deportation and applying for asylum. To contact her, you can call (703) 424-2979 or send Kimberley an email now.

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