Should you Hire an Attorney for Immigration Court?
Many people in proceedings before an Immigration Court decide not to hire an attorney. Even though you can represent yourself before the court, it is not a good idea. The Immigration Court strongly recommends that people hire a lawyer. Also, bear in mind that the U.S. Government (your opponent during the hearing) will be represented by an attorney.
Due to the complexity of immigration and nationality laws, it is a good idea to hire an experienced immigration attorney. Attorney referral services offered by state and local bar associations and by private companies can help you find a lawyer that fits your needs.
Immigration Court is not considered to be a criminal proceeding. As a result, the government is not obligated to provide you with a free lawyer. However, if money is an issue, the Immigration Court does provide a list of lawyers and associations that may be able to represent you for a lower cost.
Immigration Court decisions can have a huge impact on your life, even including a possible deportation. It is therefore very important that you have an experienced attorney at your side to help you through your hearing.
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Last Modified: 02-01-2013 04:01 PM PST
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