There are many legal situations that can scare a person, and one of the most intimidating and emotionally trying cases is when a person faces the possibility of deportation or removal from their current country of residence. When it comes to a removal or deportation proceeding, there are generally three individuals involved. The individual who is being brought to court, or the defendant, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the judge as well.
The DHS is the one who arrests and prosecutes a person as well as detaining them throughout the proceedings, whereas the judge will be responsible for coming to a final decision on what happens with the individual in question. The respondent will be responsible to ensure they follow all the rules and come to all the court proceedings.
It can be exceedingly difficult to understand the legalities on one’s own and anyone who is in such a dire situation should ensure they hire an attorney on their side to support them through the process and to make the legal procedure much easier to follow. From the moment a person receives a letter for the date and time of their first hearing, they should recruit an attorney to assist them with their case.
Sometimes, the respondent will be detained, and in some cases, they will be a non-detained respondent. A person should stay up to date with how often they have to report to the DHS, especially if they were initially detained and then let go on a later date.
Responsibilities during the removal proceedings
The respondent has many responsibilities they must take care of, so they remain on the right side of the law. They must go to the scheduled court hearings, or they may be ordered to be removed in their absence. If a person can not make it on time due to a dire situation, they must have the situation legally postponed beforehand.
Matters of removal and deportation should never be taken lightly because they will affect a person’s entire life and their future will be significantly impacted as well. The judge will also set deadlines for certain matters and a person should ensure they are following the deadlines, so they are taken seriously, and their case is not dismissed in the court.
Individuals have the right to an attorney, the right to present testimony, and the right to file an appeal as well. Anyone who wishes to get through a removal hearing without excessive pressure should connect with an immigration lawyer at the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen today.
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