When someone is arrested for a criminal case, even if they are not convicted of the charge, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will issue a detention order for the person in custody. Here's some information on what to do in case of an immigration problem.
If you or a family member is arrested on criminal charges and you do not have legal status in the United States, your first step should be to seek a trusted lawyer.
It is very important that if you are hiring a lawyer, you hire one with experience in these two different legal areas. Find an attorney who has experience in criminal cases and who can possibly eliminate the immigration detention order.
In previous cases, I have been able to remove detention orders in cases where I discovered that the client was actually an American citizen and did not know.
That is why it is very important that if you have a criminal case and have talked to a bail bond company that says they cannot post bail due to the immigration detention order, you should call our office immediately.
At the very least, we can formulate a strategy on how we are going to fix the case and, more importantly, find out if there is a way to cancel the detention order.
In my 20 years of experience, I have always tried to resolve criminal cases in a way where it will not harm the client afterwards in regards to future immigration proceedings.
Michael Brooks-Jimenez, PC, is a law firm that offers criminal, immigration, workers compensation, and personal injury services.
Michael Brooks-Jimenez, PC
5708 S. Western Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73109