The fear of you or one of your loved ones being forced to leave the country has always been in the back of your mind. You know, as immigrants residing in this country, it is a possibility. You’ve just always wished and hoped it would never be anything that you have to deal with. Unfortunately, your loved one was recently arrested in Michigan, and now he or she is facing deportation. Your fear is quickly becoming your reality. What do you do?
Seek help as soon as possible
The sooner you seek help for your loved one, the better. There are certain criminal offenses where deportation may not be avoidable, but it is not a foregone conclusion, either. An attorney experienced in both immigration and criminal defense law will be able to review the details of their case and help fight both the criminal charges and any possible effects on the individual’s immigration status.
It is impossible to know how these cases will go. No one can guarantee a particular outcome. Prepare yourself for the worst, but hope for the best.
Immigrants have rights
Immigrants residing in Michigan and elsewhere across the country have many of the same rights as citizens when it comes to fighting any criminal charges that have been filed against them. They have the right to defend themselves, the right to legal counsel and the right to the presumption of innocence unless and until proven guilty — among many others. Legal counsel can help protect your loved one’s rights during criminal and deportation proceedings and will work diligently to help achieve the best possible outcome. To learn more about how an experienced attorney can assist your loved one during this difficult time, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.