DuPage County Immigration Bond Lawyers
Skilled Representation for ICE Detentions and Immigration Bond Hearings in Illinois
When non-U.S. Citizens are detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), they are usually given a Notice to Appear (NTA) as part of the deportation/removal process. At this point, the deportation officer decides whether to set or deny an immigration bond. Bonds are often initially set unreasonably high (in many cases $10,000 or above), and the amount must be paid in full for the detainee to be released. If the amount is too high for the family to afford, the detainee can request a bond hearing to ask a judge to reconsider the amount. To increases the chances of success at the bond hearing, it is best to be represented by a skilled immigration attorney.
At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we have extensive experience helping immigrants in Chicago and throughout Northern Illinois with ICE detention/detainers, immigration bond hearings, deportation or removal proceedings, criminal defense, and all other immigration issues. Our award-winning attorneys have in-depth knowledge of the ICE detention process, what to expect and how to secure a successful outcome in your case. We provide skilled assistance for clients at their immigration bond hearing and do everything possible to have the bond reduced to an affordable amount, so you do not have to remain in detention while your case is being processed.
Immigration Bond Hearings in Illinois
After the initial bond determination is made, it can only be challenged once in immigration court. For this reason, it is important to have your case reviewed by an immigration attorney to determine if you can qualify for a bond or to have your bond amount lowered. Generally, if you have a fairly clean criminal record, and it can be shown that you may qualify for immigration relief from deportation, there is a solid chance you can have your bond reduced. If so, your attorney will file a motion for bond re-determination, which brings your case in front of an immigration judge for a bond hearing.
Bond hearings are typically conducted with the judge and attorney inside the courtroom and the detainee appearing on video from the detention facility. During the hearing, the judge considers several factors in deciding if a bond re-determination is warranted; including:
- Whether or not you are a danger to the community;
- Whether or not you are considered a “flight” risk;
- Your family connections in the U.S.;
- Your ties to the local community;
- Your criminal record (if any);
- Any acts of moral turpitude (AMT) you may have committed;
- Your immigration history and how you entered the U.S.;
- Your employment status and financial capacity to pay the immigration bond; and
- Your potential eligibility for deportation/removal relief.
Your attorney will present whatever evidence is available to show you are qualified for a bond reduction and advocate aggressively on your behalf. If the hearing is successful, the bond may be reduced to as low as $1500. It is important to keep in mind that Illinois does not allow private bail bondsmen to operate, so to post bond, you will need to deal directly with the court.At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we strongly believe in the value of immigration and the contributions immigrants make to our communities and the country as a whole. If you or a family member was detained by ICE and need help with an immigration bond, we will go to work immediately to examine the circumstances thoroughly and prepare the strongest possible case for the bond hearing. For a free consultation with one of our experienced Illinois immigration attorneys, contact our office today at 630-932-9100630-932-9100.3