West Palm Beach Illegal Immigration Lawyer

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Federal Illegal Immigration Lawyer in West Palm Beach

The federal government has become increasingly aggressive regarding illegal immigration. From work raids to traffic stops, the government has numerous methods for finding undocumented immigrants. Then it can initiate removal proceedings.

It is important to understand that you have certain rights under the law, even as an undocumented immigrant. That includes the right to legal counsel to represent you during each stage of your case.

Our West Palm Beach illegal immigration lawyer has more than 34 years of experience defending clients against removal proceedings. Reach out to our firm today to discuss your case. Then Ronald S. Chapman can review your legal options to help you stay in the United States.

Know Your Rights

If you are arrested or detained by immigration, you have the right to:

  • Remain silent
  • Speak to an attorney
  • Refuse to sign anything without consulting with a lawyer

Unfortunately, the government might not explain these rights to you. Thus, contact an illegal immigration lawyer in West Palm Beach to ensure your rights are protected during each stage of the process.

What Happens If Local Law Enforcement Arrests You?

Local law enforcement cannot initiate removal proceedings after arresting undocumented immigrants. However, they can contact ICE or input the information into the ICE database. Then ICE can request a detainer to keep you in custody.

By law, you cannot be held for longer than 48 hours. If ICE does not pick you up in that time frame, they should release you, but that does not always happen. If local law enforcement holds you for more than 48 hours, it is unlawful detention.

If you have been arrested by local law enforcement, contact a West Palm Beach illegal immigration lawyer. Your lawyer will ensure the protection of your rights, including your right to leave if you are being detained unlawfully.

Removal Proceedings

ICE can initiate removal proceedings by serving you with a Notice to Appear that includes the charges against you. Your illegal immigration lawyer in West Palm Beach will review the charges and discuss possible legal strategies to use for your defense.

First, it is possible that you are not subject to removal based on the charge. However, if that is not the case, you might be able to obtain relief from removal. Some strategies include asylum, a family-based adjustment of status, and removal cancellation under the Violence Against Women Act. These are just a few of the possible options your attorney will explore.


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  • Over 34 Years of Experience – Ronald S. Chapman has represented clients facing both state and federal charges since 1990, and he has had more than 200 trials.
  • Numerous 5-star Reviews – Our West Palm Beach law firm has accumulated five-star reviews on Google, Yelp, Lawyers.com, Avvo, and other sites.
  • Sole Practitioner– As a sole practitioner, Ronald S. Chapman works directly with each client he serves instead of handing them off to staff members.
  • Represents Clients in State and Federal Court – While some West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers handle only state charges or federal charges, Ronald S. Chapman handles both types of charges ranging from state-level assault charges to federal-level drug trafficking and white-collar crimes.
  • Bilingual Legal Services – Ronald S. Chapman provides legal services in English and Spanish, so you won’t have any trouble communicating with him.

Voluntary Departure

Some undocumented immigrants choose voluntary departure instead of going through removal proceedings. If you go this route, you will agree to leave voluntarily by a certain date. By doing this, you will not be automatically inadmissible if you apply for a visa at a later date. However, there are also consequences to consider before agreeing to leave voluntarily. Thus, consult with a West Palm Beach illegal immigration lawyer before signing anything.

Legal Support From A Bilingual Attorney

You can face challenges when obtaining legal counsel as an undocumented immigrant, especially if you do not speak English. Fortunately, our bilingual illegal immigration lawyer is here to help. You can consult with our attorney in your native language, making it easier to understand the legal process and aid in your defense. Contact our firm today to set up a consultation with Ronald S. Chapman.

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