Defending Against Deportation

When your future is at stake, your attorney's experience matters. I am an immigration lawyer with more than 30 years of immigration law experience at three federal immigration-related agencies — the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In all of these roles, I provided guidance to attorneys and federal officials on complicated immigration issues.

I understand the law, but perhaps more importantly, I understand the consequences. I have seen people forced to leave their relatives and return to countries that are no longer "home." I have seen immigration defense attorneys make the wrong decisions, causing their clients to lose their chance to stay in the United States. I will do everything in my power to protect you and your future.

I can use my extensive experience to represent you in immigration court in:

  • Bond hearings
  • Master Calendar hearings
  • Removal hearings
  • Applications for relief from removal
  • Applications for adjustment of status
  • Applications for cancellation of removal
  • Applications for asylum
  • Appeals

Experience with the Stewart Detention Center

During my time with the Department of Homeland Security, I was the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Chief Counsel at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia. I supervised U.S. Department of Homeland Security lawyers in immigration court and advised local immigration officials on immigration policies, including prosecutorial discretion and detention priorities. Today, I use that experience to personally represent immigrants facing removal proceedings at the detention center.

When You Face the Trial of Your Life, I Will Be There

Immigration Judges at the Stewart Detention Center permit lawyers to appear by telephone for both Bond hearings and Master Calendar hearings. I always appear in person at no additional cost to my clients. My law office in Americus, Georgia, is located less than 40 minutes away from the detention center, and I will make that drive to be there, in person, to protect you or your loved one.

"Can I Be Deported?"

ICE can decide not to pursue removal proceedings against you and may permit you to stay in the United States if you do not pose a threat to public safety, and if you do not have a criminal record. ICE's ability to decide whether to pursue removal proceedings against you is called prosecutorial discretion (PD). If you are in removal proceedings, we can discuss whether you qualify for PD. If you do not qualify, there may be other options for you to stay in the United States or at least choose to depart voluntarily to protect your right to return to the United States in the future.

The types of crimes that may disqualify you from remaining in the United States include:

  • A significant misdemeanor, such as domestic violence, sexual abuse or exploitation, burglary, unlawful possession or use of a firearm, or drug distribution or trafficking;
  • Three or more misdemeanors;
  • A felony;
  • A DUI or DWI.

Even if you end up in removal proceedings, you still may qualify for relief from removal if you meet certain criteria. For example, cancellation of removal may be an option for lawful permanent residents and nonpermanent residents, or abused spouses. U visas may be an option for those who have been the victims of certain crimes. Asylum or protection under the Convention Against Torture may be an option for those seeking protection from persecution or torture in their home country.

There are very specific rules for each group of applicants. I can help you learn about potential forms of relief from removal and whether you should apply for them.

Protect Your Future. Call 229-514-4837.

Contact me today to discuss your options for relief in a 30-minute consultation. All consultation fees will be applied to any fees if a client is retained. I understand that your case is very time-sensitive.

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