Due to the health risks posed by the Corona Virus tragedy, our office is following the directives of the governor of California in order to minimize the risks to our staff, our clients and our community. Our office will continue to operate fully, as it has thus far, observing our normal schedule, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will continue to schedule appointments to meet with clients and will do this via ZOOM or Telephone only.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of our lawyers or staff members, please do so by calling our office at 619-291-1112. You can also contact us via e-mail at [email protected]

Thank you for your understanding.


Debido a los riesgos para la salud planteados por la tragedia del Virus Corona, nuestra oficina está siguiendo las directivas del gobernador de California para minimizar los riesgos para nuestro personal, nuestros clientes y nuestra comunidad. Nuestra oficina seguirá funcionando a pleno, como lo ha hecho hasta ahora, cumpliendo con nuestro horario habitual, de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5:30 p.m. Continuaremos programando citas para reunirnos con los clientes y lo haremos solo a través de ZOOM o por teléfono.

Si desea programar una cita con alguno de nuestros abogados o miembros del personal, hágalo llamando a nuestra oficina al 619-291-1112. También puede contactarnos por correo electrónico a [email protected]

Gracias por su comprensión.

Resolving Immigration ProblemsIn An Honest & Responsible Manner

California representation for detainees: New policy may help

California has been in the news for several months now regarding the state’s immigration policies. Recently, a city police chief has stated that he wishes to change the policy that forces the city to hold immigrants on low-level crimes. This could be a popular move for immigrants within the state, especially with the difficulty of finding representation for detainees when they are on an immigration hold.

This will not prevent the police department from detaining immigrants held on more serious charges, but it would allow them to release those who are only guilty of more minor charges such driving without a license or illegal vending. At this time, federal authorities request that everyone is held, regardless of the level of criminal involvement. If the new policy is passed, the city would only hold immigrants with known gang affiliations, those who have committed serious crimes or people with a criminal background.

The reasoning behind his request is that while the federal government has a valid premise, the best way to enforce immigration to ensure the safety of the public is to target and hold those accused of the most serious and violent crimes. The department believes that approximately 400 of 3,400 hold requests from the government will target low level offenders. Changing the policy could help save time for the city’s police force and effectively target those who should be held to increase public safety.

Representation for detainees in California is important, but many find that they are unable to receive a proper defense if they are on an immigration hold. With the new policy, immigrants may not have to fear they won’t receive proper legal help. Policies that target all immigrants, regardless of the crime they are involved in, could decrease the availability of representation of detainees simply because they may fall through the cracks of the justice system.

Source: Fox News, “LA police chief calls for releasing illegal immigrants involved in minor crimes,” Oct. 5, 2012


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