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Legal Guidance in Deportation Proceedings in California

If you or a family member are facing deportation (also called “removal”), there are many ways to have the removal order withheld or canceled. Although it may seem as though you have no options once removal proceedings have begun, an experienced deportation defense attorney can help you fight to remain in the United States.

At the Law Offices of Shamieh, Shamieh & Ternieden, we have helped thousands of clients over the course of over 45 combined years practicing law. Our legal team can act quickly to explore all available avenues of deportation defense in your particular situation. We understand how the laws work and can help you through each stage of the process. 

Call the Law Offices of Shamieh, Shamieh & Ternieden today at (415) 300-2144 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our San Francisco deportation defense lawyers. 

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Top Reasons for Deportation in San Francisco

Deportation can be initiated for various reasons, each demanding a strategic and personalized legal approach. Our San Francisco deportation defense lawyers are well-versed in handling cases related to:

  • Criminal Offenses: Conviction of certain criminal offenses, including but not limited to drug crimes, theft, or violent offenses, can trigger deportation proceedings.
  • Violating Visa Status: Overstaying a visa or engaging in activities not permitted by the visa category can result in deportation.
  • Immigration Fraud: Misrepresentation or fraudulent activities during the immigration process can result in serious consequences, including deportation.
  • Failure to Maintain Legal Status: Compliance with visa and immigration regulations is crucial. Failure to maintain legal status, such as unauthorized employment or neglecting required reporting, can prompt deportation proceedings.
  • National Security Concerns: Individuals deemed a threat to national security may face deportation.

What is the Deportation Process?

Understanding the deportation process is pivotal to crafting an effective defense. The journey through deportation proceedings typically involves the following stages:

  • Notice to Appear (NTA): The process begins with the issuance of a Notice to Appear, outlining the reasons for deportation.
  • Master Calendar Hearing: A preliminary hearing where the individual appears before an immigration judge to establish legal representation and plead to the charges.
  • Individual Hearing: A more detailed hearing where evidence is presented, witnesses are called, and legal arguments are made.
  • Appeals: If necessary, our team is prepared to pursue appeals to challenge adverse decisions, exhaustively exploring legal avenues to secure the best possible outcome for our clients.

What are the Options for Deportation Relief?

As stated above, there are several ways to secure relief from deportation. One of the most common ways of halting deportation proceedings is securing cancellation of removal. In order to have a removal order canceled, you must meet certain requirements, including no criminal convictions. To learn more about this option for relief, visit our Cancellation of Removal page.

Strategies to Combat Deportation in San Francisco

Facing deportation is a stressful situation to be in. If you came illegally to the country or have a green card but facing deportation (because of some convictions), it is important to consult with a deportation defense attorney for the best advice. The following are some other ways we can help you fight for your case and find deportation relief:

  • Asylum: In addition to the cancellation of removal, you may be able to have a deportation order withheld if you seek asylum or relief under the convention of torture. In order to be eligible for this form of relief, you must show that you have reason to fear returning to your home country for one of the five reasons accepted for asylum.
  • Waiver: You may also be eligible for a waiver if you meet certain requirements. Typically, a waiver is appropriate if you have been convicted of a crime, have remained in the U.S. beyond your visa expiration date, or have been previously deported or removed.
  • Voluntary Departure You may also find relief through voluntary departure, whether before removal proceedings have been completed or after they are finished.

For more information or to discuss your options with an experienced deportation defense lawyer in San Francisco, call the Law Offices of Shamieh, Shamieh & Ternieden today. We assist clients across the country from our offices in San Francisco and Sacramento and offer multilingual legal services.

Get Expert Deportation Defense in San Francisco

Facing deportation is a daunting prospect, but you don't have to navigate it alone. Our San Francisco deportation defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Shamieh, Shamieh & Ternieden are here to provide unwavering support and legal expertise. We understand the nuances of immigration law and are dedicated to protecting your rights throughout the deportation process. We are ready to assess your case, develop a strategic defense, and advocate passionately for your right to remain in the United States. Your future is important, and we are here to help you protect it.

Contact Law Offices of Shamieh, Shamieh & Ternieden today to get started with our San Francisco deportation defense attorneys.


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