If your loved one has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), you are likely feeling a great amount of fear right now. With good reason, their withholding may or may not involve wrongdoing and the details are not easy to attain. They are scared as well. The idea of expressing incriminating information will cross their minds. No one wants to be in a detention center and that may appear to be the easy way out. However, it may also be making a mistake that could potentially lead to deportation. The best idea would be to speak with an ICE detention lawyer at the Florida Immigration Law Counsel (FL-ILC) about their case. We can make sure that he or she is properly represented.
When a non-citizen is in state or federal custody, ICE may detain the individual to determine whether they should be allowed to stay in the United States or be forced to return to their home country. Also, non-citizens may be detained if violations of their visa status are discovered or if they entered the country illegally. The second scenario can be particularly scary as it may not be immediately apparent why they are being detained and there may not be criminal charges involved.
When an individual is in ICE custody, it’s important to locate them immediately and make an attempt to communicate with them. In Florida, there are five ICE detention centers; the Wakulla County Jail, the Baker County Jail, the Broward Transitional Center, the Krome Service Processing Center and the Glades County Jail. To determine where the person is being held, visit the Online Detainee Locator System at https://locator.ice.gov/odls/homePage.do. You will need either their alien number or their first and last name, along with the country of birth.
Ideally, there will be a bond set for the detainee. This bond can be set as low as $1,500.00. Bonds are set in an effort to ensure that the detainee will appear in court for future hearings. Bonds may not be set if your family member is considered a flight risk, has a criminal record or is considered a terrorist.
Having a family member or friend facing ICE detention is a scary and confusing experience. Details can be difficult to attain and every decision you make is critical. Good legal representation can answer questions and open pathways to bringing them home. Contact the deportation lawyers at FL-ILC today at 1-800-666-4996.