CORONA VIRUS / COVID-19 ADVISORY

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.

AVISO DE CORONA VIRUS / COVID-19

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 Problems
In An Honest & Responsible Manner

California representation for detainees: Witnesses deported

California immigrants accused of a crime may have to wait a lengthy period of time before receiving any legal assistance. Sometimes an immigrant could be deported before ever receiving the help they need and in other cases they may have been involved in a crime and could serve as a witness to help in a criminal trial. Either way, many of these people are deported by the United States government before they ever receive the chance to testify or defend their own innocence. Representation for detainees is a right, and now defense lawyers across the country are crying foul at what they perceive to be a grave injustice.

The attorneys claim that the deportation of witnesses is a troubling problem within the system. Many defendants are facing criminal charges serious enough to warrant a lengthy prison sentence, but the people who could help their defense have been removed from the country. They believe the government prosecutors hand pick those they want to use as witnesses in a case and deport the rest of them. One lawyer claimed that when they receive the case, the witnesses are gone, denying the ability to mount a defense and denying the right of representation for detainees.

Immigration authorities normally detain illegal immigrants and take their statements. The Justice Department then steps in and determines the ones who will face criminal charges and who will stay behind to act as a witness for the cases. Once they determine who will stay, only then are defense attorneys allowed in. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department stated that prosecutors have to weigh the ‘financial and physical burdens’ of detaining the witness and the ‘human cost’ to those who are held but are not facing charges.

This situation may be making headlines again, but it is a problem that has gone on for several years. Lawsuits have resulted against the government by companies who have been charged with immigration violations because the government deported anyone who could have helped in their defense. Representation for detainees in California and elsewhere is a right for undocumented immigrants in this country. Deporting potential witnesses involved in a crime or those who may have seen something effectively destroys the chance of a defense.

Source: USA Today, “Defense lawyers say some witnesses deported too soon,” Alan Gomez, Nov. 13, 2012

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