I agree with my colleagues. The attorney fees are different based on the market place, experience of the attorney, and the attorney's philosophy as to what to charge. It is advisable to shop around and pick an attorney whom you are comfortable working with over the long term.
The reality is that under the Pandilla v. Kentucky decision any criminal defense attorney has to be weary of the immigration consequences of any criminal adjudication. You have to qualify for the services of the public defender and you will be screened at the court if you appear and ask for the help of a PD. I have been both a PD and a private criminal attorney and can remember when Florida had the PD cycle for private attorneys to assist.
Most PD offices throughout Florida have attorneys who...
You need to contact the local legal services provider in your area - Community Legal Services of Mid Florida - and ask for an intake to determien if you qualify for their services. The whole issue of support can be examined by an advocate with that legal services agency.
I agree with my colleagues. Immigration law treats criminal adjudications differently from criminal law. You would be best advised to receive a legal option from an experienced immigration attorney who can examine the totality of your criminal and immigration history. be careful of relying on advise from a notario who will make promises and likely just steal your money.
Usually aliens who enter the US under the visa waiver program are not able to adjust status based on that form of entry. One exception is that of an immediate relative who enters under the INA S 217 visa waiver.
I agree with my colleague that you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can examine the facts of your case and provide you with a legal opinion as to what immigration benefits you qualify for under existing law. good luck.
I am quoting from my asylum guide on AVVO:
An alien present in the United States can request asylum at any time to an inspection officer or any other INS official. When such a request is made, the alien is to be referred to an interview with an asylum officer.
The Refugee Act of 1980 created the asylum interview and hearing procedures that included the definition of refugee found in the 1967 Protocol. If...
There may still be an advantage of filing taxes such as utalizing credits for the following year(s). If they are retireed from another country and become residents of the US they may still have to file and utalize what if any tax treaty exisiting with their homeland for tax relief.