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Theus Law Offices is rated 5 out of 5.0 stars based on 5 review(s).

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Most people have many questions about estate planning but never make a move to go see an attorney. Before Theus' free seminar I did not even know their were attorneys that specialized in only estate planning. Thank goodness I attended...as I did not even know what asset protection was, even though I had assets. Most people think a written will is fine and pass away thinking that things will be as they wished/stated. Most times that is not the case. I urge you to go Theus Law Offices for consultation. They are friendly and down to earth with your wishes being #1. I cannot say enough good things about them. Now that I have gone to Theus I rest so much easier knowing that my wishes...are going to be held up...just as I wanted...no doubt about it....Thanks to the Theus family !

- Peyton Guillory

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The Theus Law Offices’ Family Estate Planning is a must from my perspective. I had recently lost my dad when I decide to attend the in-person Workshop at the time. My dad and I had attended a similar workshop some four (4) years prior but my dad didn’t elect at the time to move forward. I so wished that he (my dad) had done so because now I am helping my mom go through the Succession/Probate steps with a lawyer currently. If you or your loved ones haven’t made this decision with Estate Planning, I would strongly encourage you to attend this web-based workshop/webinar. Graves Theus is a great attorney to go with for this important step in you and your family’s planning for the future in many, many ways!!!

- Mark Johnson

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The Theus Law Offices’ Family Estate Planning is a must from my perspective. I had recently lost my dad when I decide to attend the in-person Workshop at the time. My dad and I had attended a similar workshop some four (4) years prior but my dad didn’t elect at the time to move forward. I so wished that he (my dad) had done so because now I am helping my mom go through the Succession/Probate steps with a lawyer currently. If you or your loved ones haven’t made this decision with Estate Planning, I would strongly encourage you to attend this web-based workshop/webinar. Graves Theus is a great attorney to go with for this important step in you and your family’s planning for the future in many, many ways!!!

- Mark Johnson

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They are a wonderful Team!

- Jessica Cole

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Estate planning is a complicated process, but my wife and I feel it is valuable and necessary. We started by attending an Estate Planning workshop offered by the Theus Law Offices and led by Jim Theus. That was about the wisest decision we have made in some time. We engaged the services of Theus Law Offices and have benefitted enormously from the direct working relationship with Jim Theus. They did not sign us up and then pass us off to a staff member. We worked with Jim Theus personally. When it was time to work with others of the staff, we found them friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. Jim Theus is exceptionally competent and patiently answers questions. His due diligence is admirable. We found their fees for estate planning reasonable and fair. You would be wise to consider using the services of Theus Law Offices if you are interested in estate planning. We are grateful for their help and recommend them to you without reservations. Our loved ones will also be the beneficiaries of a comprehensive plan, as are we. Doyle L Bailey

- Doyle Bailey

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Understanding The Bond Hearing Process In Immigration Court


11 July, 2019

Understanding The Bond Hearing Process In Immigration Court

A person who is detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may be eligible for release upon payment of a bond. A bond is an amount of money paid as collateral for the release of a person from custody. The bond guarantees the court that the person will appear for upcoming court proceedings. If the person fails to appear to any court proceeding, the bond will be forfeited.

Requesting a Bond Hearing

A bond hearing may be requested orally in the first scheduled court appearance also known as the Master Calendar Hearing. A request may also be made by a written motion to the Immigration Judge (IJ). In order to quickly submit a well-prepared motion, it is generally advised to obtain an experienced immigration attorney.

Bond Eligibility

Bond eligibility varies from case to case. In determining whether a person should be released on bond, the IJ considers several factors, including the person’s criminal record and current status in the U.S. The IJ also considers the likelihood of the detainee returning to future court proceedings.

 

Under mandatory detention, an IJ does not have authority to grant a bond order to any detained individual who has entered the U.S. unlawfully, has engaged in activities that threaten U.S. national security, or has engaged in crimes of violence, fraud, theft, and the like.

Bond Hearing Process

Once in custody, transportation arrangements are made for individuals to attend their bond hearing. Assuming the detained individual is at a facility with an immigration court onsite, that person will be physically present during the proceeding. Alternatively, the detained person may expect to be transported to an available immigration court or connected to the bond hearing through a video call.

 

While handcuffs and shackles are not used during the bond hearing, federally issued clothing and shoes will be worn. The security guards will monitor and direct the person to their designated seats. The person detained is only allowed to communicate with their attorney. If no counsel is present, the detainee is only allowed to speak directly to the judge.

 

Ultimately, the IJ will decide whether the detainee is a flight risk, or a danger to society. Factors considered when determining whether an individual is a flight risk includes family ties, employment, and living arrangements. As mention before, an IJ heavily weighs an individual’s criminal record. If no criminal record exists, it is important to emphasize an individual’s good character.

Final Bond Order

Assuming the IJ granted the bond order, and specified the amount, the person’s Master Calendar Hearing will be rescheduled to a later date. During that time, the individual is expected to pay the bond amount in order to be released. Once released, the person’s future court proceedings will be changed to an immigration court near their home address. Again, attendance of all future court proceedings is critical. If the bond has not been paid by the next court proceeding, the person will continue to be in custody.

 

In order to increase your chances at a bond hearing, you are strongly encouraged to seek the help of a competent immigration attorney. Attorneys at Theus Law Offices have been successful at having their clients released on bond, and can assist you with every step of this process.

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