Detained by ICE?
Atlanta Immigration Attorney
There are a number of ways you may come into the jurisdiction of Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE). If you do not have a valid driver’s
license and are stopped by the police, it is likely that you will be detained
if you are not a U.S. citizen and are out of status. Likewise, an arrest
for any crime, however minor, could result in your being detained by ICE.
You may be travelling by air or bus and be the subject of a routine ICE
documents check and end up being detained. You may also be detained while
on parole for a crime or simply by travelling back to the United States
from abroad if you have been convicted of a crime in the past.
It is important to consult with a competent immigration attorney if you
or a family member are detained by ICE. Sometimes, ICE detains a legal
permanent resident or places an immigration detainer on a legal permanent
resident if an arrest for a crime takes place. With the immigration detainer,
you will not be permitted to bond out of criminal custody even if you
pay the bond. Either they will not accept your bond money or they will
transfer you to an immigration detention facility instead of releasing you.
It is critical to let ICE know you are represented by an attorney before
they transfer you to another facility which could be located out of state.
Generally, if ICE knows you are represented by an attorney, they will
not transfer you. A motion for bond should be filed as soon as possible.
In some cases, you may not be eligible for bond and any relief from deportation
should be filed right awwy to limit your time in immigration custody.
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