If he is in the United States without valid immigration status, he could be placed in removal proceedings regardless of the fact that this is his first offense. ICE has discretion to take your friend into custody and/or initiate removal proceedings against him if he is without of status. Your friend can be released from custody once the ICE hold has either been lifted or run out. I would encourage you to retain an experienced immigration attorney on behalf of your friend.
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If he has an immigration hold, after his release from criminal custody, he can seek an immigration bond, and apply before an Immigration Judge for any immigration relief for which he is eligible.
Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
ICE will most probably come. Get an attorney that is familiar with Krome and removal practice so he can get a bond for your friend.
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He will most likely be handed over to ICE, and ICE will institute removal proceedings against him. He will have an opportunity to go before a judge and present a defense, however, it would be a bad idea to go through that process without being represented by a competent immigration attorney. Now is the time to start looking for one. Best of luck!
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