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Deportation, termed "removal" in immigration law, is the process that the United States uses to expel a noncitizen, generally, back to his or her home country. Noncitizens are deported because they are in the U.S. illegally, overstayed their visa, violated some sort of immigration or criminal law, or falsely claimed U.S. citizenship.
The deportation process involves the intricacies of immigration law and government procedures. You are not required to have legal representation in immigration matters, but a An Albuquerque immigration lawyer can navigate the complexities of immigration law and may increase the prospect of a favorable ruling.
In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.
Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.
A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:
Depending on your specific legal situation, it's possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.