Your deportation hearing is a serious matter. Unfortunately, many immigrants either believe that fighting deportation is a lost cause or that a judge will have mercy on them if they simply tell their personal story. However, neither of these are true for every immigrant. Hiring a good attorney can go a long way in helping you get the outcome you desire in your case. If you’ve considered going through the legal process without a lawyer, here are three reasons why that decision could turn out to be a mistake:
1. Although your life story alone may not cause a judge to be sympathetic toward you, an attorney may be able to help you craft a good argument based on your personal circumstances. For example, you may be granted asylum if there is a threat of persecution if you go back to your native country. If you can prove that you have built a good life for yourself here and have good moral character, your attorney could help you defend yourself by applying for a cancellation of removal.
2. As an immigrant, you understand just how much paperwork is involved in applying for citizenship. Unfortunately, there is just as much work involved in defending yourself at a deportation hearing. Your attorney can assist you in doing the necessary legwork for your case, as they’ll prepare forms, gather or create important documents and briefs, and find and prepare any witnesses.
3. It’s important that you realize that you only have one chance to prove your case. For that reason, you should concern yourself with presenting a good amount of evidence to the judge in order to make your case. If you are denied, the appeals process will not allow for the presentation of any new evidence. When you work with an experienced attorney, he or she will do their best to make sure you get things right the first time. If an appeal is necessary, you’ll be able to rest assured that no potentially helpful information has been left out.
Don’t put your dreams of staying in the country at risk because of a failure to hire the right lawyer. Get in touch with the legal team at Bell Law Office to discuss how they may be able to assist you in putting together a strong case that will give you the best chance of being able to live the life you’ve always imagined. Connect with us on Facebook!