When word comes that a loved one is being held behind bars, it's hard not to feel stressed. In all likelihood, your loved one was picked up by the Department of Homeland Security. That department's immigration and customs enforcement (ICE) arm usually transports those arrested to the closest federal incarceration facility. You can get your loved one released if you can secure what is called an immigration bond. Read on to find out more.
Locate Your Loved One
As mentioned above, those arrested for immigration reasons will end up in a federal facility. To find out exactly where they are, you can call 1-800-351-4024. If you have internet access, you can use the ICE locator service to find your loved one.
Getting Legal Representation
Federal detainment can mean a complicated process to be released. It's best to be patient and to contact an immigration lawyer for assistance. They understand the process involved in federal detainees to be released. To gain release, your loved one has to have what is known as an immigration bond. Bonds are not always offered, however. If the federal authorities deem your loved one to be a danger to the community or at risk of fleeing, there may be no bond. That is where an immigration attorney comes in. Having representation at the bond hearing may make all the difference in the world. The attorney can explain to the judge why your loved one should be released. They will mention positive factors like family in the area, employment, ties to the community, length of residency, and more.
What to Know About Immigration Bonds
A bond is the same thing as a pledge. Your loved one, when the bond is executed, promises to return for future hearings and other court dates. They also pledge to abide by a number of other rules. Some of those include staying in the area, not possessing weapons, not getting arrested for anything else, and more. Bonds come with financial responsibility too. The amount of the bond is set by the Department of Homeland Security. You might be able to secure a bail bond using a third-party agency at a lesser cost. Ask your attorney for help with that.
Betting bonded out of jail is just the beginning. Your loved one has many legal hearings and actions ahead and it's best to have legal support during this time. Federal immigration law can be confusing for almost anyone but a lawyer to understand, so take advantage of professional legal support right away.