What should I do if I’ve received a deportation order?
If you’ve been notified that a deportation order has been issued, we encourage you to contact our office right away. Deportation proceedings can be difficult to navigate on your own, and we’re committed to working with you to build a strong defense.
If I want to become a permanent U.S. resident, what type of visa do I need to get?
There are several types of visas available to those wishing to immigrate to the United States. Depending on your situation and current immigration status, you may explore a fiancé visa, a family visa, a work visa, or another form of visa. We invite you to discuss your situation and goals with one of our knowledgeable immigration law attorneys.
Can my family come live with me in the United States?
Depending on your specific circumstances, immigration status, and relationship to the family members hoping to immigrate to the U.S., there are protocols for achieving these goals. Our immigration lawyers will work with you to assess your situation and determine the most strategic path forward.
Can I appeal a judge’s decision regarding my immigration case?
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) hears appeals from those contesting rulings by immigration judges. If you want to appeal a recent decision regarding a case involving your removal, deportation, or asylum, we can represent you throughout this process. We’ll assess the details of your case and determine the best course of action.
What do I do when charged with a crime in Southern California?
First, remember to exercise your right to remain silent. Although law enforcement may attempt to coax you into telling “your side of the story,” they may use your words to build a case against you. Instead, remain quiet and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to discuss your legal strategy.
What penalties will I face for a misdemeanor conviction?
Under California law, misdemeanor offenses typically a jail sentence of up to one year or a fine of $1,000 (or both). While these consequences may not be as severe as felony punishments, they still carry lasting impacts on your future. The conviction will appear on your criminal record and potentially limit your housing and employment opportunities. Working with a skilled criminal defense lawyer is the best way to keep your future as bright as possible.
How can I get my record expunged?
If you have a misdemeanor conviction on your record, you may be able to petition for an expungement. However, there are strict eligibility requirements, so it’s best to consult a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer to discuss your specific situation. If you qualify for and obtain an expungement, you will no longer be compelled to disclose the conviction to potential employers, among other benefits.
How can I get my record cleaned or fixed?
If you have a misdemeanor or even felony conviction on your record, you may be able to petition for a reduction and or an expungement. However, there are strict eligibility requirements, so it’s best to consult a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer to discuss your specific situation. If you qualify for and obtain an expungement, you will no longer be compelled to disclose the conviction to potential employers, among other benefits.
In addition, certain criminal convictions may lead to additional consequences, such as ineligibility for immigration status or inability to gain certain employment. Under these circumstances, it may be necessary to file a Motion to Vacate in order to legally eliminate these consequences. A vacatur of a criminal conviction is a complex process by which a prior conviction is in effect overturned for a variety of legal reasons. Most importantly, a successful vacatur may open doors to relief that were previously unavailable.
Do I really need to work with an attorney during my divorce?
While you may believe that you and your spouse can navigate the ins and outs of your divorce on your own, you may quickly realize how difficult these decisions and negotiations can be. Working with an attorney is a great way to understand your options, make informed decisions, and advocate for your best interests every step of the way so you can walk away with confidence.
How does California determine property division during a divorce?
Under California’s community property laws, any property, assets, and debts that spouses acquire during the course of their marriage belong to both of them equally. Property division can be a challenging aspect of your divorce, so it’s helpful to work with our divorce attorney to understand your options for making this process smoother and fairer.
What is collaborative divorce?
Collaborative divorce encourages both spouses to work together to determine the terms of their divorce. While no one expects the spouses to be on friendly terms at all times, both parties should be able to move forward towards a common goal through open communication and collaboration. Contact us today to learn more about the collaborative divorce process.