ICE Detention Lawyers in Oakland Serving Clients Throughout California
There are unfortunately several reasons why law enforcement may arrest and detain immigrants in the United States. Most commonly, those who wind up in ICE detention facilities were detained because they entered the United States “without inspection” and do not have any legal immigration status. Others were put in ICE detention because they have a criminal history and immigration officials believe them to be a threat to the community. Still others overstayed their visas or were ordered deported but never left.
Whatever the cause may be, thousands of people are held in detention facilities across the country every day. Most of those detention centers are privately owned and operated. Though a stay in ICE detention may be relatively short – typically less than one month – the conditions can sometimes leave lasting physical and mental effects on detainees.
If you or a loved one has been detained into federal custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), it is important that you know all your rights. With strong legal representation from experienced attorneys at Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., you could help secure release from ICE custody sooner and then get on the path to justice under the law. Call Landerholm Immigration at 510-488-1020 to discuss your options.
How Can You Find Where Your Loved One is Being Detained?
Knowing that a loved one has been detained can be traumatizing. But some of us aren’t even given a clear answer as to where they’ve been taken. California currently has seven operating ICE detention centers spread out across the state. To locate a detainee, you can use ICE’s Online Detainee Locator System. If you have the individual’s Alien Registration Number (ARN), you should have little difficulty locating them in the system.
Without the ARN, you could enter their name and country of origin, but if anything is even slightly different than how the person’s identity appears on file it will yield the incorrect results. Additionally, detainees under the age of 18 are not listed in the Online Detainee Locator System.
If you have all the correct information but still get no results back in your search, then chances are your loved one has either been released or deported.
How Could You Get a Detainee Released from ICE Detainment?
The simplest route to securing someone’s release from ICE detention is to post bond. However, not everyone can afford to pay bond, and some cases require mandatory detention. Those who are not granted release on bond may have been determined to be a flight risk or a danger to the community by the immigration court officials.
Your ICE detention attorneys could help in requesting a bond hearing from an immigration judge, where the terms of the detainee’s release could be decided.
Everyone has rights. Even in detention, an individual has the right to a fair trial, the right to an attorney, and the right to make an appeal. Our law firm would be proud to defend your rights.
How Does Someone in ICE Custody Win a Bond Hearing?
When the detainee’s case is brought before an immigration judge, it will fall to the detainee or their legal counsel to put forth a convincing defense stating why the detainee should be released. If the judge can be swayed, the defense will also try to argue for a lower price for bond.
The court will take many things into consideration during these proceedings. An experienced immigration attorney will know best what factors to highlight in an attempt to build a winning defense.
Considerations for bond hearings include:
- Criminal history
- Employment history
- Family ties to people living in the U.S.
- How long they have lived in the U.S.
- Immigration history
- Involvement in community organizations
- Moral character
- Owner of real estate in the U.S.
- Whether the detainee is a danger to the community around them
- Whether the detainee is a flight risk or not
Defend Your Rights by Speaking with an Immigration Lawyer Today
At the law firm of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we understand that having your loved one end up in ICE detention can be a traumatic experience. As such, we will try to not only provide you winning legal services, but compassionate emotional support during this challenging time.
Whatever the circumstances of an immigrant’s detainment, everyone has rights.
To schedule a free evaluation, please contact our Oakland law office by calling 510-488-1020.