Facing removal or deportation can be an extremely stressful and emotionally charged situation. Attorney Susan R. Torres is experienced in representing immigrants and foreign nationals who are at risk of deportation or removal from the United States (and in dealing with their family in a compassionate manner as well). She has a comprehensive understanding of the deportation process and represents individuals before the immigration courts on a daily basis. Her top priority is to ensure that no person is unjustly deported, and that her clients be allowed to remain with their family within the United States.
There are numerous situations that generally lead to a foreign national being threatened with deportation. The most prevalent of them include but are not limited to: entering the country illegally, overstaying a visa, immigration fraud, final order of removal/deportation after a denial of asylum, failing to depart after a grant of voluntary departure, being arrested and convicted of a serious crime such as domestic violence, illegal possession of a firearm or drug possession.
There are several strategies that can be employed to help you avoid deportation, such as obtaining political asylum, cancellation of removal, voluntary departure, adjusting your status to permanent residency, or attaining a waiver or pardon under the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Commonly, people facing deportation or removal proceedings tend to think one of two things. Either that: "the judge will help me if I tell a sympathetic story," or "there's no hope for me to stay in the U.S. anyway, so why hire an attorney to help?" However, both ways of thinking are misguided.
Immigration court proceedings are less formal than normal court proceedings, and the immigration judge is expected to act in an impartial manner. This means that he or she is not supposed to automatically side with the attorney who will be there for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but to consider both the DHS's arguments and the immigrant's before coming to a decision. However, it is important to remember that the Immigration Judge will not come up with legal arguments for you, nor help you present your case. The judge may not even know about circumstances in your case that might warrant a favorable decision or an exercise of discretion -- and, with a busy court docket, probably doesn't have the time to interview you and find out.
In short, if you are placed in removal proceedings -- perhaps because you are in the United States without authorization, or got convicted of a crime after obtaining your green card -- and you can't come up with any reason why you shouldn't be deported other than, "I work hard and have a family here," the judge will have no choice but to deport you.
Attorney Susan Torres will spend the time to discover whether the DHS charge against you is correct, and whether any particular circumstances in your life would make you eligible for relief from removal. Because of complexities in the immigration laws, these possibilities may not be apparent to you, even after reading up on immigration law matters. She will also help you make the strongest argument possible before the Immigration Court. She will fill out any required forms, help prepare exhibits (documents backing up your statements), draft legal briefs arguing the case, and prepare you and any witnesses for your court hearing.
Attorney Susan R. Torres works to provide her clients with aggressive and creative defense. She advocates to bring the best possible resolution to her clients and to avoid an Order of Removal at all costs. She personally visits detention facilities throughout the State of Florida and the United States in order to defend her clients.
She understands the stress and fears that you and your family experience when faced with deportation. If you fear your immigration status is in jeopardy for whatever reason, please contact us today.