Should you Hire an Attorney for Immigration Court?

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Am I Required to Have an Attorney?

Many people decide not to hire an attorney to handle issues at Immigration Court. Even though you can represent yourself before the court, it may not be a good idea. The immigration court strongly recommends that people hire a lawyer.

Why Should I Consider Hiring an Attorney?

One reason to consider hiring an attorney is that your opponent during the hearing, the United States, will be represented by an attorney. As such, you may feel more comfortable with attorney representation. Additionally, due to the complexity of immigration and nationality laws, it is a good idea to hire an experienced immigration attorney. 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.

Where Can I Find an Attorney?

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. Attorney referral services offered by state and local bar associations or LegalMatch can help you find an immigration lawyer that fits your needs.

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Last Modified: 02-24-2014 12:38 PM PST

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