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Bonds in Deportation Defense Lawyer

In immigration, few topics are as pressing and complex as deportation defense. At Wogwu Law, attorney Wogwu is committed to offering guidance and support to individuals facing the daunting prospect of detention in immigration cases. One of the most critical tools in our defense arsenal is using bonds to secure the release of detainees. This blog post aims to demystify the bond process in deportation defense, making it more accessible to our clients and their employers going through the challenges of working visas in the U.S.

The Role of Bonds in Immigration Detention

Bonds play a pivotal role in the immigration process, especially regarding deportation defense. A bond is a financial guarantee to the court that the detained individual will comply with all immigration proceedings, including attending all court dates. The decision to grant a bond and the amount required can significantly impact the detainee's ability to fight their case outside detention, a crucial aspect of mounting an effective defense.

How to Secure an Immigration Bond

Securing an immigration bond involves a nuanced understanding of immigration law and the specific circumstances of the detainee’s case. The first step is determining eligibility for a bond, which can vary based on the individual’s immigration status, criminal history, and risk of flight. At Wogwu Law, attorney Wogwu will guide you through this initial assessment, ensuring to pursue all options to secure your release.

Types of Immigration Bonds

There are primarily two types of immigration bonds available to detainees, the delivery bond and the voluntary departure bond. Understanding the conditions and requirements of each bond type is critical for making informed decisions about your defense strategy. Let's delve deeper into the types of immigration bonds to offer a clearer understanding of each option and its implications for detainees and their families:

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Types of Immigration Bonds

  • Delivery Bond:  The delivery bond is designed to ensure the detainee appears at all immigration court proceedings. It allows the individual to spend time with family, consult an immigration attorney, and prepare for their case while not in detention. To be eligible for a delivery bond, the detainee must receive a warrant of arrest and a notice of custody conditions from ICE. The amount of the bond is set by an immigration judge or ICE, based on factors such as the detainee's ties to the community, their immigration status, and whether they pose a risk of flight or danger to the community.
    • Benefits: It provides the detainee the opportunity better to prepare their case with the help of legal counsel, reduces the emotional and psychological stress associated with detention, and allows the detainee to continue working (if they have work authorization) and supporting their family.
  • Voluntary Departure Bond:  This bond option gives detainees the chance to leave the United States voluntarily within a specific period, which can be up to 120 days, depending on the judge's order. Opting for voluntary departure can be a strategic move to avoid the potential long-term bars on reentry that come with deportation.  The individual must post the bond within five days of the judge granting voluntary departure. The bond is refunded once the government confirms that the individual has departed the U.S. within the specified timeframe. Failure to leave can result in forfeiture of the bond and the imposition of a civil penalty.
    • Benefits: It avoids the formal removal (deportation) process, which can have severe future immigration consequences, provides an opportunity to leave the country on one's terms, potentially making it easier to apply for reentry in the future, and allows for more time to arrange travel as well as personal affairs compared to immediate deportation.

The Process of Posting a Bond

Posting a bond involves several steps, including determining the bond amount set by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or an immigration judge. Once the amount is set, the bond can be posted by a person with legal status in the U.S. This process can be complex and requires precise documentation and adherence to specific procedures. At Wogwu Law, we provide comprehensive support to ensure that bonds are posted efficiently and correctly, facilitating the release of detainees as swiftly as possible.

The Impact of Bonds on Deportation Defense

Securing a detainee's release through a bond profoundly impacts their ability to prepare a robust deportation defense. Being out of detention allows for better communication with legal representation and helps gather necessary evidence and support for the case. It underscores the importance of understanding and effectively going through the bond process in the broader context of immigration law.

Why Choose Wogwu Law for Your Bond and Deportation Defense Needs?

At Wogwu Law, attorney Wogwu prides herself on serving clients with compassion and experience. Attorney Wogwu understands the complexities of immigration law and is committed to guiding her clients through every step of their journey, including the critical aspect of bonds in deportation defense. 

Facing immigration detention can be a daunting experience, but you don't have to overcome it alone. Attorney Wogwu is here to provide the guidance and support you need to secure a bond and fight for your right to remain in the U.S. Contact attorney Wogwu by calling us at 919-964-5472 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. With her dedicated legal support, attorney Wogwu can help you overcome the challenges of deportation defense and work towards securing a brighter future in the United States.

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