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Stewart Detention Center in Georgia). Whenever possible I visit the detainee in person before s/he is moved, and otherwise obtain immigration records through ICE, FOIA, and family members. I also accept collect calls from the various immigration detention centers. There is also an online inmate locator found at :https://locator.ice.gov/odls/homePage.do . If your loved one is detained, find out his/her A number (alien number) if possible when the immigrant contacts you from jail.

Sometimes clients are placed into removal proceedings due to a criminal conviction. Under the recent Supreme Court ruling in Padilla v. US, we are often able to work with local criminal defense counsel to reopen past criminal convictions where the individual was not advised of the specific immigration consequences of a potential plea. This has helped us delay, and in some cases terminate, removal proceedings for clients. If you are an immigrant and are charged with a crime, it is critical that you obtain proper legal advice regarding the specific immigration consequences of any plea you are considering.
Sometimes immigrants are placed into removal proceedings because their immigration status has ended, or they never had one to begin with. I review all options for removal defense and put together a case strategy.

Some individuals qualify for asylum. Others who have been here for a certain period of years (e.g. 10 years for non-LPR cancellation of removal), have the option to stop removal and legalize through immigration court proceedings.

We review clients for eligibility for cancellation of removal, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, adjustment of status, TPS (temporary protective status), T (trafficking) visas, U visas (for victims of crime), and possible waivers of removability. We work hard to determine which removal defense options are the strongest, leaving no stone unturned in our goal of helping you remain in the US.

When an immigrant is detained, we evaluate the options for an immigration bond immediately, so that we can act fast to protect our client’s interests.

In some cases, a victim of a crime (such as domestic violence, armed robbery, or rape) can qualify for a U visa which can prevent removal and provide a basis for canceling an outstanding removal or deportation order (or reopening one to terminate it). U visa regulations only appeared in 2007, which means that many individuals who received removal orders in the past are now eligible to seek U visas based on being crime victims who report to the police, DSS, a local court. Please see our U visa section for more general.

This website is not intended to provide legal advice. Please contact a qualified immigration attorney for a consultation for specific advice on your case. You can contact Helen Tarokic Law PLLC by calling 910-509-7145 for a consultation.

Please keep in mind that we cannot take every case from every caller. The attorney must evaluate your case in order to determine whether it is a case our firm wishes to handle. In cases where we cannot engage in representation, we provide referrals to various agencies and firms which may serve the client better.

I became very passionate about removal defense when I became the Liaison to ICE for the AILA Carolinas Chapter in 2007. Since then I have worked on many important issues, such as immigration bond procedures, detainee transfers and treatment, and illegal detention. When necessary I collaborate with other experienced removal defense lawyers to ensure the individual gets expert “local” (and often more cost-effective) representation, even while moved around to various immigration detention centers.

If you or a loved one is detained, Helen Tarokic Law PLLC., will provide a free, same day consultation. By calling 910-509-7145 and requesting a “free detained” consultation, a paralegal will take down your basic information and then you will be patched through to the immigration attorney typically within minutes. With removal defense, time is of the essence, particularly in North Carolina where detainees are typically held merely a few days before being shipped to other detention centers.

I represent immigrants who are at risk of deportation because of an immigration violation or any criminal charge. Many have been arrested locally and then transfered to new detention facilities (Example: arrested in Wilmington; moved to Alamance County, then Mecklenberg, then

Immigation & Nationality Law Services

Removal Defense

6752 Rock Spring Rd.

Suite 110,

Wilmington, NC 28405

HELEN TAROKIĆ

immigration & naturalization law

LAW  PLLC

immigration & naturalization law

Ph: 910.509.7145

6752 Rock Spring Rd.

Suite 110,

Wilmington, NC 28405

Fax: 910.509.7144