The law firm of Colombo & Hurd represents immigrants and visitors to the United States who may be at risk of deportation or removal proceedings through the immigration court system. Our Tampa deportation lawyers are well-versed in the deportation process, and will aggressively defend our clients to protect them from wrongful deportations.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may institute deportation proceedings against an immigrant or a foreign visitor for a number of reasons. These may include immigration violations or fraud, felony or misdemeanor convictions, visa or green card expiration, employment violations, Final Order of Removal/Deportation after a denial of asylum, or failing to depart after a grant of voluntary departure. If you have received notice to appear in removal proceedings, the Tampa immigration lawyers of Colombo & Hurd can help. To schedule a confidential legal consultation in our Tampa office, contact us today at (813) 444-1114

Criminal Charges Leading to Deportation Proceedings

A criminal record can open the door to deportation proceedings, particularly under the harsh rhetoric of the Trump administration. Whether you are a legal resident or an undocumented immigrant, a criminal conviction can potentially lead to removal proceedings, or cause difficulties when you seek to travel, become a citizen, renew your green card, or adjust your immigration status.

Under United States immigration law, there are certain categories of crimes that will lead to the deportation of a non-citizen, regardless of your status as a green card holder or if you have well-established ties to the United States. These crimes, known as deportable crimes, include drug offenses, firearms offenses, aggravated felonies, domestic violence offenses, and crimes of moral turpitude. There are also crimes that can make a non-citizen inadmissible, which means that you will not be able to re-enter the country after leaving, become a U.S. citizen, or apply for a change in status from illegal to legal. There are also some crimes that can lead to deportation even before you are convicted.

Immigrants with past or current criminal matters should consult with an attorney to seek guidance on how their specific issues may impact their immigration status. At Colombo & Hurd, our Tampa immigration lawyers are experienced at helping immigrants who are facing criminal charges. We offer a range of services for our clients, including assisting immigrants in vacating pleas in prior criminal convictions, representing clients who have been detained by ICE due to criminal charges, and defending clients against criminal charges in local, state and federal court. For immigrants who have been placed in removal proceedings due to criminal charges or a conviction, Colombo & Hurd offers top-notch legal representation. If you or a loved one have been detained in Tampa due to criminal charges, contact Colombo & Hurd 24 hours a day at 1-800-549-5523 to determine if we can help.

Motions to Reopen and Reconsider

If your immigration case is denied by an immigration court or United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS), your Tampa immigration lawyer will advise you of your rights. This may include filing an appeal of this decision, filing a motion to reopen the proceedings or reconsider the decision, or filing an I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion. The experienced attorneys of Colombo & Hurd can help you determine which option is best based on the specific facts and law of your case.

A motion to reopen asks the court, Board or Agency to reopen your immigration case based on new facts or evidence that was not reasonable available at the time that the case was decided. In contrast, a motion to reconsider is used to ask the court to reconsider its decision if it did not properly consider evidence that is already in the record, or if it incorrectly applied the law. Motions to Reopen or Reconsider must generally be filed within 90 days of an order denying your case.

Immigration Bonds

When immigrants are detained by ICE for removal proceedings, they have a right to contact an immigration attorney. In certain situations, they may be able to seek freedom by posting an immigration bond. At Colombo & Hurd, our Tampa immigration lawyers are seasoned at handling immigration bond hearings and can help you evaluate if your loved one is eligible for an immigration bond.

Federal immigration guidelines provide that immigrants who are not classified as arriving aliens or terrorists may seek immigration bonds, provided that they are not considered aggravated felons, do not have convictions for multiple crimes of moral turpitude or for crimes involving certain controlled substances. An immigration law judge will evaluate an immigrant’s eligibility for bond based on a number of factors, such as his or her danger to the community, criminal history, ties to the United States, ability to pay the bond, and eligibility for relief from removal or deportation proceedings. If granted, immigration bonds typically range from $1,500 to $20,000.

If you or a loved one has been detained for removal proceedings, Colombo & Hurd may be able to intervene your behalf. We will assess your eligibility for an immigration bond, file a Motion for Speedy Bond Hearing, and present evidence on your behalf at the hearing. We will aggressively defend your rights at the immigration bond hearing and throughout the deportation process. Contact our Tampa office today at [phone] to learn more or to schedule a confidential consultation.

Contact an Aggressive Tampa Deportation Defense Lawyer Today

At Colombo & Hurd, we understand the anxiety that our clients face when they are subject to deportation proceedings. We are committed to helping our clients throughout the deportation process, using a combination of proven strategies to meet your needs. We personally visit ICE detention facilities to protect our clients, and are committed to helping our clients avoid unjust deportations. Contact our Tampa office today at (813) 444-1114 to schedule a confidential consultation, or to learn more about how we can help you.