Immigration Bond Hearings

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Immigration Bond Hearings

What is an immigration bond hearing?

If an individual is arrested by ICE on an immigration matter, they will be taken into custody and could be held at a variety of locations. A bond, or a certain amount of money, will be required to allow that person to be released from custody back to their family while their immigration matter is sorted out. There will be court appearances required, and if the individual attends each hearing as ordered, and follows all other orders set by the judge, the money you have given for your bond will be returned at the end of the process, but if you fail to do so, you will lose your bond money.

An immigration bond may be set by the ICE in some cases. A Fort Lauderdale immigration lawyer from Guerra Saenz, PL can help with all immigration bond matters, including assisting to reduce a bond that is set too high for you to afford, or arranging for bond if when one has not been set, as well as deportation defense. The lowest bond allowed is $1,500. At any immigration bond hearing in which you ask to have your bond reduced, without careful evaluation of the situation and a professional presentation of the issue to the court, you could risk having a bond that is set higher, not lower when you ask for a reduction, and these issues must be managed very carefully for success.

What will a Judge consider at an immigration bond hearing?

There are certain issues the judge will consider when setting bond. One of the first and most important issues that will be considered is whether it is believed that you are a "flight risk" or are any danger to others in the community (such as a criminal record.) The judge will evaluate your case and your ties to the U.S., and whether you have family members in the country, and whether they are legally living in the country. Other matters considered will be whether there has been an immigration petition filed for you, whether you are tied to the community through various groups, such as your church or other group, your property ownership in the U.S., if any, and whether you have employment in the U.S. that you will be able to return to if you are released. The judge will also be concerned a criminal record you may have or earlier arrests or deportations.

The person paying the bond after the immigration bond hearing has requirements as well. That individual must be residing in the country legally, must know you personally, and is required to speak, write and read English, as well as have a government-issued photo ID as well as a valid Social Security number, and will be required to bring both of these forms of ID when paying the bond for the person detained. The person who pays the bond is also required to give their name, address and phone number, and if possible, the file number of the person detained. Any person who has immigration problems or is in the country illegally should never pay the bond for another; they could be arrested and taken into custody as well.

Our firm can help you with every step of the process, and represents detainees in immigration bonds and all immigration hearings in the Fort Lauderdale area. Where your relative is detained can be difficult to determine. Our firm has the skills and understanding of the ICE and all immigration matters that can be of great value to if you need to get your family member released from custody through a bond hearing. We can find the location where the person is currently being held in custody, and arrange the hearing to set bond with the goal of getting your family member released.

How to Get Released from Custody After an Arrest by ICE

It is possible to get released from custody the same day that the bond is posted. The bond should be paid as early in the day as possible and if it is paid later in the day your family member may have to spend another night in custody, or could be moved to another location. There are only certain forms of payment that are accepted. Bring a U.S. Postal money order or a bank cashier's check. Other forms of payment are not accepted, including cash. This bond must be paid in person, and can be paid at any of the ICE offices in the U.S. Our Fort Lauderdale immigration attorneys can help you with all of these issues, and are available to discuss your immigration bond matter immediately. Call today or take advantage of our free online case evaluation to learn how we can help you!

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