Anyone who has to go before a judge — whether you’re a criminal defendant, a party in a civil trial, or an immigrant appearing before a federal immigration judge — likely goes in with some degree of anxiety, but also with certain expectations, like the judge’s fairness. If you’re an immigrant appearing in a deportation case and the judge acts unfairly (or even in a way that raises the appearance of unfairness,) that lack of impartiality may be something you can use to your benefit if you get an unfavorable result in your deportation case. Immigrants who are the subject of removal actions have a lot on the line in these matters, making the services of a knowledgeable Maryland deportation defense lawyer essential.
One example of how this can play out is the removal case of Rodolfo, an immigrant from Nicaragua. He entered the U.S. in 2001 and obtained legal permanent resident status seven years later.
Over the years, the man racked up four criminal convictions, including three DUIs. The Department of Homeland Security initiated removal proceedings in 2019. The man asked the government to cancel his removal.