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Memphis Immigration Lawyer for Deportation and Removal

The process of deportation and removal is the most serious side of immigration law, and the consequences can be severe.  If you or a family member have received notice of a removal proceeding, contact me right away.

There are many possible grounds for removal under U.S. immigration law.  They can include unlawful entry, status violations (such as overstaying a visa), criminal grounds such as crimes involving moral turpitude and aggravated felonies, violation of terms of admission, unauthorized work, and national security reasons.

The removal process

Foreigners who are in the U.S., whether admitted lawfully or not, are generally entitled to a removal hearing.  The process starts with a notice to appear, which is a charging instrument filed against the immigrant by the U.S. government.  This states the type of proceeding and its legal authority, the act by the immigrant alleged to be in violation of the law, and the charge.  If you haven’t already, now is the time to contact a Memphis immigration lawyer to start preserving your ability to stay in the United States.

Of course you have the right to be present at the hearing, examine the evidence against you, and present your own evidence.  The government must show by clear and convincing proof that a non-citizen who has been lawfully admitted is removable, and the decision must be based on reasonable, substantial, and probative evidence.  Like getting ready for trial in a civil or criminal case, the time before the hearing is when you work with your lawyer to build a defense.  For instance, you may be eligible for a form of discretionary relief, which can dismiss or postpone an order of removal.  Some types of discretionary relief include voluntary departure, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, asylum, and parole.  Your situation will have to be investigated fully to see which options are available.

An advocate for you and your family

With removal proceedings, everything is at stake.  It is a stressful and emotional experience.  At times like this you need someone you can count on.  Call Memphis immigration attorney Patrick Stegall today.  With years of trial experience, and a personalized approach to each client, he can make a thorough, professional assessment of your situation and advise you of the best options.