Immigration Attorneys

Deportation Lawyer in Phoenix


Our top immigration attorneys have represented thousands of people in deportation cases. We’re a group of immigration lawyers who are passionate about defending our clients. We understand the stress and panic felt by family and friends when a loved one is placed immigration custody. We know how to handle your case and we are here to help.

Deportation Basics:

When a person is detained by ICE, they are often taken to a processing center and then are transported to a detention center. In Arizona detained persons are typically sent to the Florence, Eloy, or La Palma Detention Centers.

Some people may qualify for a bond. This means that an Immigration Judge may allow the detained person to pay a certain amount of money in order to leave the detention facility. We have helped thousands of people obtain immigration bonds, and we can help you every step of the way, from obtaining a bond all the way through to the final hearing.

Unfortunately, it can take several days or even weeks before a Judge will hold an immigration bond hearing. Much of this will depend on the detention center processing time and the Immigration Court’s schedule. If a bond is granted, the detained person is allowed to return home and can fight his or her case outside of the detention center. In all cases, it makes sense to speak with a deportation attorney as soon as possible. You may only have one chance to get a bond and a mistake could result in deportation!

Please feel free to call our deportation lawyers in phoenix at any time. Our team will take the time to understand your case and we know how to help. Every case is unique and the consultation is free. We will look for positive solutions and do everything possible to keep families together. We believe in our clients and take our representation extremely seriously. We look forward to speaking with you today.

If you want to know more about the process, read below for more info.


To get a bond, an Immigration Judge will determine whether or not a person is eligible. Certain people are not eligible for a bond. For example, people who self-surrendered at a port-of-entry and are classified as arriving aliens will not be eligible for bond. People with prior deportations will not usually be eligible for bond. People who have committed certain crimes (such as drug crimes) will not be eligible for bond. Please see below for more information about crimes and bond eligibility. Each case is unique. It is extremely important to speak with one of our immigration attorneys as soon as possible if a loved one is detained.
If a person does qualify for bond, the Immigration Judge will next consider two questions:

1) Is this person a danger to the community, to their family, to themselves, or to property?
2) Is this person a flight risk, or, in other words, will this person attend their court hearings in the future if they are released from the detention center?

If the Judge feels that the person might be a danger or a flight risk, the Judge will deny bond. The Judge is free to consider any evidence available to them to determine flight risk or danger. This means that the Judge will look at all past arrests, police reports, and prior immigration history.

For example, a person who has been convicted of a DUI offense may be considered a danger to the community and an immigration judge can deny a bond for that reason alone. The Judge will also consider whether or not the person was caught crossing the border or has established residence in the United States. Someone who does not have an immediate relative who is US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident may be considered an extreme flight risk because they do not qualify for 42(b) cancellation of removal.

To get a bond, a detained person will need to provide the Judge with documents. An immigration attorney will help you figure out what documents the Judge will want to see in your case.

It is important to note that there are many different Immigration Judges, and some Judges are more likely to give bonds than other Judges. There is no way to know with certainty how a Judge will rule in a bond case. Each case is different and it is important to discuss your particular case with one of our immigration attorneys.

As noted above, there are a number of crimes that make it impossible to obtain a bond and/or 42(b) cancellation. These offenses are called Aggravated Felonies. If the person seeking bond has one of the following convictions, they will not be eligible to receive a bond.

These Crimes Make Getting a Bond Impossible:


    • Alien smuggling- smuggling, harboring, or transporting of aliens except for a first offense in which the person smuggled was the parent, spouse or child.
    • Attempt to commit an aggravated felony
    • Bribery of a witness- if the term of imprisonment is at least one year.
    • Burglary- if the term of imprisonment is at least one year.
    • Child pornography
    • Commercial bribery- if the term of imprisonment is at least one year.
    • Conspiracy to commit an aggravated felony
    • Counterfeiting- if the term of imprisonment is at least one year.
    • Crime of violence as defined under 18 USC 16 resulting in a term of at least one year imprisonment, if it was not a “purely political offense.”
    • Destructive devices- trafficking in destructive devices such as bombs or grenades.
    • Drug offenses-These include offenses generally considered to be “drug trafficking,” plus cited federal drug offenses and analogous felony state offenses.
    • Failure to appear- to serve a sentence if the underlying offense is punishable by a term of 5 years, or to face charges if the underlying sentence is punishable by 2 years.
    • False documents- using or creating false documents, if the term of imprisonment is at least twelve months, except for the first offense which was committed for the purpose of aiding the person’s spouse, child or parent.
      • Firearms- trafficking in firearms, plus several federal crimes relating to firearms and state analogues.
      • Forgery- if the term of imprisonment is at least one year.
      • Fraud or deceit offense if the loss to the victim exceeds $10,000.
      • Illegal re-entry after deportation or removal for conviction of an aggravated felony
      • Money laundering- money laundering and monetary transactions from illegally derived funds if the amount of funds exceeds $10,000, and offenses such as fraud and tax evasion if the amount exceeds $10,000.
      • Murder
      • National defense- offenses relating to the national defense, such as gathering or transmitting national defense information or disclosure of classified information.
      • Obstruction of justice if the term of imprisonment is at least one year.
      • Perjury or subornation of perjury- if the term of imprisonment is at least one year.
      • Prostitution- offenses such as running a prostitution business.
      • Ransom demand- offense relating to the demand for or receipt of ransom.
      • Rape
      • Receipt of stolen property if the term of imprisonment is at least one year
      • Revealing identity of undercover agent-
      • RICO offenses- if the offense is punishable with a one-year sentence.
      • Sabotage
      • Sexual abuse of a minor
      • Slavery- offenses relating to peonage, slavery and involuntary servitude.
      • Tax evasion if the loss to the government exceeds $10,000
      • Theft- if the term of imprisonment is at least one year.
      • Trafficking in vehicles with altered identification numbers if the term of imprisonment is at least one year.
      • Treason- federal offenses relating to national defense, treason.

      Even if a person has not been convicted of any of the above crimes, the Judge will look at all of the circumstances in the case. If there is a question of domestic violence, for example, the Immigration Judge may find the person to be a danger.

      There are ways of showing the Judge that the person is not dangerous and not a flight risk. One of our experienced immigration attorneys can help, and we will do everything possible to help your loved one return home as soon as possible to fight their case outside of detention.

How can I cancel my deportation if I am under a deportation proceeding?
Every immigrant under a deportation proceeding has the right to have a trial where he or she receives the opportunity to defend him or herself against this deportation. This trial is called an Individual Hearing and it is scheduled as long as there is one of three predominant defenses for deportation: 1. Adjustment of Status, 2. Cancellation of Removal, or 3. Asylum.

The Adjustment of Status defense requires legal entry into the country, and for an immediate family member, who is a resident or citizen (restrictions apply), to file a request for you. Contrary to popular beliefs, legal entry is not only established if the immigrant enters the country on a visa, it is also established when a border officer has allowed the immigrant to enter the country as a passenger of a vehicle.

The defense of Cancellation of Removal requires 10 years in the country, good moral character, immediate relatives who are residents or citizens, and for these relatives to suffer extreme hardship. Extreme hardship is a variable that is analyzed only at the time of the hearing, this means that applicants may qualify for a Cancellation of Removal even if family members are healthy.

The asylum defense requires persecution by your country’s government, or persecution by people that the government cannot control. Persecution must exist due to race, nationality, religion, political opinion, or membership in a social group.

Formulating these defenses takes a period of one to three years.

As lawyers our objective is always to solve the problem, in cases where the defenses are not favorable, there is the possibility of an appeal. The appeal is a process in which the same case is presented to a judicial agency of greater authority. This is a lengthy process, which allows your case to be examined by another more experienced judge. Appeals are filed with the Board of Immigration Appeals. People under an appeal process cannot be deported, which is why their stay in the country is extended until the Board of Immigration Appeals judges their case.

Whichever is your case, people under deportation proceedings should not go to court alone, these defenses determine their future in the country, and deserve an aggressive attorney by their side, with the proper ability, skill and professionalism to represent their interests.







Call us now for a free consultation. Our experienced team of deportation lawyers are ready to answer your questions. We have appeared in all immigration courts in Arizona and we know how to win. Let us help you today.


If a bond is granted, the next step is fighting the actual immigration case. If your immigration case is based on the time that you’ve lived in the United States and your United States Citizen or Permanent Resident family members, this would be the out of custody 42(b) Cancellation of Removal process. This is distinct process and the requirements can be confusing. Below are some of the questions that we must ask to determine whether or not a person is eligible to fight this type of case. In short, it is very difficult to list all the ways you can win a removal hearing, but the questions below give the framework that the judge will consider.

  1. How did you enter the United States?
  2. How long have you resided in the US?
  3. Have you ever returned? How long?
  4. Did you return for longer than 90 days for any one trip?
  5. Have you returned for longer than 180 for all of your trips combined?
  6. Have you ever been deported?
  7. Have you ever signed a voluntary departure?
  8. Have you ever been caught crossing the border and returned immediately?
  9. Have you ever been arrested for any crime?
  10. Are you convicted of any crime?
  11. Does your conviction result from a crime where the state alleges that you intended to hurt someone?
  12. Are you the victim of a crime that happened in the US?
  13. What country are you from?
  14. Have you been politically persecuted or persecuted for your personal beliefs or orientation?
  15. Do you have children who were born in the US? Are they under 21 years?
  16. Are you married to a US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident?
  17. Are you parents US Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents? If USC, then by birth?
  18. Do any of your immediate relatives listed above suffer from an extreme and unusual hardship?
  19. Are you engaged to a US Citizen?
  20. Has any family member filed a petition in the past for you?
  21. Do you have an I-130 pending?
  22. Do you qualify for DACA? Enter before June 15 ’07 prior to 16 years? In school/diploma?
  23. Do you qualify for a U Visa?

Please keep in mind that if you receive a bond, but do not qualify for 42(b) cancellation, you may not be eligible to obtain a work permit. There are other types of case that you might qualify for, so again it is important to speak with one of our immigration attorneys as soon as possible. We hope that this helps you better understand the process and look forward to helping you and your loved ones in the future.

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