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

What you should know about how immigration courts operate

Immigrants who get caught overstaying their visas often spend a significant time in detention facilities due to the U.S.’s backlog of at least 750,000 immigration cases on its dockets. Adjudication usually takes a long time because there are unique court rules and laws that this independent judiciary follows that slow down these processes.

You may find it helpful to understand some of those dynamics

Can the public attend immigration court proceedings?

Immigration proceedings are open to the public, just like most civil and criminal court proceedings. There’s very little chance of an immigration judge allowing cameras in the courtroom as an increasing number of civil and criminal judges have in some jurisdictions in recent years, though. 

How accessible are immigration court records?

It’s relatively easy to search civil or criminal court records online to see how parties end up settling cases. Anyone looking to find out what happened in an immigration case must visit the immigration court in person and search through printed records since Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials don’t publicize their detainees’ names.  Federal immigration officials do generally label an immigrant’s paper case file with their name and country of origin, though.  

Charges an immigrant is facing aren’t easy to come across

You should know that it can also be challenging to determine what charges an immigrant faces, even if you locate their case records. Immigration officials litigating the case don’t place a listing of alleged offenses in an immigrant’s file. 

Immigrants have no right to a public defender

Federal law affords anyone facing criminal charges a right to a public defender. Immigrants aren’t entitled to the same. The latter can privately hire an attorney to represent their interests at immigration court hearings, though. 

Knowing how things work can give you some peace of mind

The worst part about immigration officials taking you into custody is not knowing what to expect next in the process. An immigration detention attorney can shed light on what happens at each stage as your San Diego case makes its way through this unique court system here in California or elsewhere in the U.S.


We are open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

For our clients’ convenience we offer English and Spanish speaking services.