AREAS OF 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.

PRACTICE AREAS

IMMIGRATION LAW

REMOVAL AND RELIEF FROM DEPORTATION

  • Removal hearings
  • Bond
  • Applications for Relief from Deportation
    • Asylum, Withholding of Removal and Convention Against Torture Relief
    • Adjustment of Status
    • Cancellation of Removal for Certain Nonpermanent Residents and Lawful Permanent Residents
    • Renewal of I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
    • Administrative Closure / Prosecutorial Discretion
    • Dismissal / Termination of Removal Proceedings

• Master and Individual Hearings
• Board of Immigration Appeals
• Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ Petitions for Review

FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT

  • Habeas Corpus
  • Administrative Procedures Act Petitions
  • Criminal Prosecution for Unlawful Entry After Deportation
  • Federal Petition for Review of Denials of Naturalization

IMMIGRATION APPLICATIONS

  • Family / Employer Immigrant Visa Petitions
  • Adjustment of Status / Accompanying and Following to Join Eligible Beneficiaries
  • Consular Processing of Approved Petitions
  • Preparation and Filing of all appropriate and available waivers of inadmissibility
  • Violence Against Women (Men) Act Applications
  • U Visa Applications for Victims of Crime and their Derivative Beneficiaries
  • Temporary Protected Status
  • Asylum Applications
  • Applications for Employment Authorization
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Advance Parole (Humanitarian)

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

PERSONAL INJURY

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