AREAS PRACTICE

SERIOUS IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES EVEN FOR MINOR OFFENSES
Dramatic changes to the Immigration Laws in 1996 result in severe and sometimes irreversible consequences for aliens convicted of crimes. An alien convicted of a crime that may carry modest penalties, including fines, probation, or charitable contributions may have disastrous immigration consequences which may result in the permanent loss of legal residence in the United States, or other immigration benfits.

Mr. Gonzales’ background in criminal and immigration law presents a perfect balance of knowledge, experience and insight that can help avoid the tragic consequences a person may experience as a result of the conviction and sentencing of non-citizen criminal defendants.

 

CRIMINAL LAW

  • - Felonies / Misdemeanors
  • - State Courts / Federal Courts
  • - Adults / Juveniles

  • CRIMES OF VIOLENCE
    • - Murder
    • - Kidnapping
    • - Sexual Assault
    • - Coercion
  • THEFT CRIMES
    • - Burglary
    • - Grand Larceny
    • - Embezzlement
    • - Obtaining Money or Property under False Pretenses
  • GAMING OFFENSES
    • - Unlawful Use, Manufacture, or Possession of Gaming Devices
    • - Cheating at Gambling
  • DRUG OFFENSES

    • - Posession of a Controlled Substance
    • - Posession with Intent to Sell
    • - Trafficking
    • - Sales of Controlled Substances
  • PETTY / MISDEMEANOR OFFENSES

    • - DUI
    • - Domestic Violence / Battery
    • - Weapons / Firearms Offenses

 

IMMIGRATION LAW

- Family Visa Petitions

- Investor, Entertainment, Student Visas

- Employer Sanctions Removal Hearings, Bonds

- Board of Immigration Appeals

- Ninth Circuit Petitions for Review

- Federal District Court Writs of Habeas Corpus

FAMILY LAW

  • DIVORCE
    • - Contested / Uncontested
    • - Joint Petitions
  • DOMESTIC RELATIONS
    • - Child Support
    • - Visitation
    • - Change of Custody
    • - Divorce

 

PERSONAL INJURY

  • - Wrongful Death
  • - Medical Malpractice
  • - Accidents: Cars, Boats, Planes, etc.
  • - Slip and Fall

 

FEES

  • Mr. Gonzales encourages all new potential clients to meet with him and to bring to the initial interview all documents relative to the individual case. Mr. Gonzales charges a modest and nominal consultation fee of $50 for all consultations involving criminal law, immigration law and family law. There is no limit as to the time allotted for each initial office consultation. The time spent in the initial consultation is to cover everything necessary to thoroughly evaluate the case. Most fees are charged on a flat-fee basis. There is no consultation fee charged for personal injury cases, as most fees are charged on a contingent basis, which means that attorney’s fees are only assessed if there is a recovery, and the fees are then deducted as a percentage of the recovery. There is a consultation fee charged for medical malpractice cases. However, that fee is also credited against any recovery obtained on behalf of the client. The actual fee for legal representation is also contingent upon recovery. Finally, for most family-law cases, an initial retainer which varies upon the complexity of the case is generally charged. However, the attorney bills against the retainer at the rate of $350 per hour and when exhausted, the client is billed thereafter hourly and on a monthly basis.

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