Why Good Legal Counsel is So Important for Undocumented Immigrants
For undocumented immigrants facing legal problems in the United States, having an experienced immigration attorney can differentiate between being deported and remaining in this country.
What Is It Essential To Have Good Legal Counsel As An Undocumented Immigrant?
When an undocumented immigrant shows up to immigration court with legal counsel, it helps ensure the hearing is meaningful and increases the court proceedings’ efficiency.
When you employ a lawyer, the odds are in your favor. A Syracuse University analysis of immigration court data showed that 73 percent of immigrant children with legal representation were allowed to remain in the United States. In contrast, only 15 percent of unrepresented children were allowed to stay. Despite this, only 37 percent of all immigrants — and 14 percent of detained immigrants — appear in court with lawyers on their side, according to a 2016 American Immigration Council.
What Can An Immigration Attorney Do to Help Me?
Often a tiny detail can determine the outcome of an immigration case. An experienced immigration attorney can help discover and highlight that detail to work in an undocumented immigrant’s favor.
An undocumented immigrant may miss out on critical opportunities to have the case decided their way without legal counsel.
An experienced attorney knows the following things that can impact an undocumented immigrant’s fight to stay in this country:
- Your criminal record,
- How, where, and when you entered the country,
- How long you’ve been here
- Any relatives with legal status
- Prior immigration history
- Visa status
- Work skills
- Previous cooperation with law enforcement
- Any hardships
- Country of origin
One small detail can make or break your case, and a top lawyer will help you highlight that detail.
What Should I Do If I’m An Undocumented Immigrant Who Wants To Stay In The US?
If you’re an undocumented immigrant, employing good legal counsel is essential to your immigration battle. Call Fay, Grafton, & Nunez for a 1-hour immigration consultation to discuss your case. We offer consultations for a $200 fee to help you understand your best strategy. Our top-tier lawyers pride themselves on being honest about your chances and thinking creatively about solutions.
Coming prepared for your consultation can help increase your chances of winning your case. Bring any paperwork, and even if you think it’s irrelevant, any previous work attorneys have done on your behalf. These documents will help us build a case in your favor.