Immigration Bond Hearings
ICE Custody: What is an Immigration Bond?
If you are arrested by ICE you will be taken into custody and could be held at an ICE facility. An immigration bond or a certain amount of money, will be required to allow you to be released from custody while your immigration matter is sorted out.
During this process, a court appearance is required and if you attend the hearings and follow all other orders set by the immigration judge, the money that was given for the immigration bond will be returned at the end of the process. If you fail to do so, you will lose your immigration bond money.
Were you or a loved one taken into custody by ICE? A Fort Lauderdale immigration lawyer from Guerra Sáenz, PL can help. Our experienced team can reduce a bond that is set too high for you to afford, arrange a bond (if one has not been set), and help defend you from being deported.
How Much Are Immigration Bonds?
The lowest bond allowed is $1,500. You may ask to have your bond reduced, but we recommend that you do it with an experienced deportation defense lawyer by your side. Without careful evaluation of the situation and a professional presentation of the issue to the court, you risk having a bond that is set higher, instead of being lowered when you ask for a reduction. These issues must be managed very carefully for success.
What Does a Judge 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 another group
- Your property ownership in the U.S., if any
- 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 by a criminal record you may have or earlier arrests or deportations.
Requirements for the Person Paying the Bond
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 the detainee personally
- Must speak, write, and read English
- Must have a government-issued photo ID
- Must have a valid Social Security number
- Must provide their name, address, phone number, and the file number of the detainee.
The ID and Social Security card must be brought when paying the immigration bond. Any person who has immigration problems or is in the country illegally should never pay the bond for another person because they could be arrested and taken into custody as well.
Speak to an immigration lawyer at Guerra Sáenz, PL today.
Call (954) 466-0323 to request a consultation.
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 Guerra Sáenz, PL Today - (954) 466-0323
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.
Call today or take advantage of our free online case evaluation to learn how we can help you!