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Immigration Detention

Immigration Detention Info in Central Texas

The law firm of Morales & Sparks has helped many people earn their or a loved one’s release from immigration detention in Austin, TX. This can be an extremely scary experience, but when you turn to us, you can rest assured we will do everything we can to help you or a loved one get out of a detention center. Here’s some immigration detention info in Austin, TX that provides the answers to some commonly asked questions.

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What Is Immigration Detention and How Does It Occur?

Whenever someone crosses the U.S. border illegally, is in the country illegally or has committed some type of violation or crime that affects their immigrant status, that person could be placed in an immigration detention center. The main agency charged with enforcing immigration violations is U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

How Do You Make a Bond Request for Someone in Immigration Detention in Central Texas?

A person in a detention center for visa violations in Travis, Hays or Williamson Counties in Texas may have to go before an immigration judge in order to have a bond set. Not everyone is eligible for a bond. Those who are should know that the minimum amount of the bond will be $1,500, and there is no limit to the amount that can be set. There are some rare instances where bond can be extremely high.

A family member of the detainee will go to an immigration office to pay the bond once it has been set. The bond is designed to assure the detainee will return for any future court proceedings. If they fail to return, the bond will be forfeited. However, if they return for the proceedings and complete the process, the money will be returned to the person who posted the bond.

What Happens When Someone is in Jail and has an Immigration Detainer or “ICE Hold?”

Immigration authorities often go to jails or prisons to directly take inmates into immigration custody. This usually happens when the criminal bond is paid or the criminal case is completed. After someone is taken into immigration custody, they will be processed and decisions about their custody status will be made. An immigration attorney can intervene at this point. The ICE authorities have several options. They may choose to simply release the individual, or they can require payment of a bond to secure release. Also, for anyone released, they can issue a Notice to Appear which requires the individual to appear before an immigration judge for a determination of whether or not they should be removed or deported. Finally, the ICE authorities can decide to deny any request for bond or release and transfer the individual into a detention facility. There are specific government policies in place as guidance for ICE officers to follow. An immigration attorney can help ensure that proper consideration is given to the individual in custody under these policies.

How Can an Immigration Attorney Help?

You need to speak with an experienced attorney to have the best possible chance of securing a detainee’s release. Your lawyer will work to get the lowest bond possible through their detailed knowledge of the court system.

If you would like to learn more about how Morales & Sparks can help, please give us a call at 512.930.5511. We will make sure you are completely updated on all developments in your case, and we will put our extensive knowledge to work for you or your loved one. Get in touch with us as soon as you can to schedule a consultation.

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