Immigration and Detention Bond Lawyers in Oakland Serving Clients Throughout California
A family member or a loved one getting arrested and put into an ICE detention facility is a terrifying prospect. But many immigrants are split up from their families and friends with alarming regularity by the operations of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Sometimes, our loved ones are taken to unknown facilities without warning and without a word about how to secure their release.
The first order of business should be to discover where your loved ones are being detained. And, with that done, go about trying to see them released. Sometimes this may mean challenging the order of detainment; other times it could mean paying a pricey bond to secure their release. However, some detainees are eligible for immigration bonds, and some are not.
It is advisable to seek the legal representation of an attorney to assist in immigration court. An experienced immigration lawyer will best know how to navigate the legal process and pay the bonds at the proper ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) office. If a bond is not initially granted, your immigration attorney could take the matter to court before a judge for a bond hearing. Call Landerholm Immigration at 510-488-1020 to discuss your options.
How Do Immigration Bonds Work?
Once bail has been posted, the immigration court could see to the release of the detainee that very same day. The detained family or loved one will be released into your custody with the understanding that they must attend all scheduled court hearings thereafter. It is possible to get the bail money back later on, after immigration court proceedings have been completed.
The price for an immigration bail bond usually starts at $1,500 and goes up from there. The cost may vary depending on criminal offenses, how long the accused has lived in the United States, their employment history, and whether they have other immigration offenses on record. It is possible to request that the bail price be lowered, with that determination to be decided by the immigration judge.
If a bond has not been set, it is possible to request this in a bond hearing. Your attorney can help you through this process.
Where Are Your Loved Ones Being Detained?
One of the more frightening aspects of ICE detention is that we don’t always know where our loved ones are being held. There are seven major ICE detention facilities across the state of California:
- Adelanto ICE Processing Center
- Imperial Regional Detention Facility
- James A. Musick Facility
- Mesa Verde ICE Processing Facility
- Otay Mesa Detention Center
- Santa Ana City Jail
- Yuba County Jail
Additionally, there are seven of ICE’s ERO facilities where you can post bond in person, with one in each of the following cities: Bakersfield, Calexico, El Centro, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco.
If you are trying to determine where your loved one is being held, first try using ICE’s official Online Detainee Locator System.
Who Qualifies for an Immigration Bail Bond in California?
Not every individual is eligible for bond. Most Green Card holders and undocumented individuals may be eligible, provided they have not been charged with violent crimes, aggravated felonies, possession of certain narcotics, or are not suspected of terrorism. Possession of marijuana may be allowed, provided it is less than 30 grams of the drug.
The bond must be paid for by a legal immigrant or US citizen. An official Social Security card must be brought when posting bond.
In instances where someone has been held in detention for longer than six months, it may be possible to secure what is known as a “Rodriguez” bond to help secure their freedom.
How Can an Immigration Lawyer Help?
Not everyone brought before the courts knows the full extent of their legal rights. You should not be made to feel helpless and at the mercy of judges and enforcement agencies. A knowledgeable immigration lawyer could be a useful ally during these difficult times.
At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., our team of lawyers and legal professionals have dedicated years to helping clients dealing with immigration law issues. Detention centers are terrifyingly real possibilities for immigrant families and it pays to have an experienced attorney in your corner for concerns such as these.
To schedule a free evaluation to speak with one of our attorneys, please contact our Oakland law office at 510-488-1020.