Deportation and Removal Proceedings
While appearing before an Immigration Judge is not a criminal process, removal proceedings can be just as frightening as if you were facing criminal charges.
In fact, deportation from the United States is a far more severe consequence than the penalties for many criminal charges. According to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), more than half of the people removed from the U.S. in 2012 were deported because they had been convicted of crimes. Many others were detained by ICE and deported for overstaying their visa even in the absence of criminal convictions.
At the Law Offices of Andrew Wood, we can help protect your rights during removal proceedings before the Immigration Courts. We represent individuals in Immigration Courts across the United States. If you are in removal proceedings, contact our office today. We will examine your potential defenses and strategies to prevent deportation.
When a non-citizen in the U.S. is convicted of a crime, the immigration consequences can often be far more severe than the criminal penalty associated with the crime. The Law Offices of Andrew Wood works closely with your criminal defense attorney to analyze the immigration consequences of different offenses and offer advice on constructing immigration-safe pleas. If a conviction has already been entered, in some instances we can help to obtain post-conviction relief which may be necessary to solve the underlying immigration problem. Attorney Andrew Wood has routinely worked with criminal defense attorneys to achieve positive outcomes for his clients. He has also taught a continuing legal education class for the Erie County Bar Association’s Criminal Defense section.
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and evaluate your options before the Immigration Court.