Q: she was caught using a fake work permit, she is now released and court date is this February. What happens next?
A: It sounds like "she" is charged with possessing a forged instrument, which is a crime. Speak to an experienced defense attorney.
Criminal court or immigration court?
She will be in removal proceedings. I suggest you find her an experienced immigration attorney.
A: If this is an immigration matter, which is what it sounds like you are facing deportation. No one can predict what Trump will do as President. So, I recommend retaining experienced immigration counsel right away to discuss your situation in person. The enforcement of immigration law is expected to be stricter after the change in administrations takes place in January, so you should seek counsel and look to resolve your immigration matter as soon as possible. Immigration is a very complex area of law. It is a lot more than merely filling out forms. You need to retain an immigration attorney to handle all immigration proceedings. This prevents errors that can sometimes prove costly and may even be irreversible. You should always seek to obtain the best attorney that you can afford and not let geographic restrictions stand in the way. Some immigration attorneys will charge a consultation fee, however those that do so, will give full credit if you retain their law firm. Do not let geographic restrictions prevent you from obtaining the best possible attorney. Good luck.
First off, I agree with my colleague Mr. Stengel; speak to an attorney ASAP.
TO DIRECTLY ANSWER YOUR QUESTION AS TO "WHAT HAPPENS NEXT", a ALL PURPOSE hearing will occur and you attorney will have the ability to make motions if necessary
There are also a litany of issues I see here. - These include (1). If she knew the permit was "fake" (as this is not a strict liability offense this would negate mens rea; (2). She must understand that any guilty plea to a criminal offense may affect her immigration status which, (3). is important for me to know to better answer.
Aubrey Galloway Esq
A: She will be arraigned if she hasn't been already, an arraignment is a formal reading of a criminal charging document in the presence of the defendant to inform the defendant of the charges against him or her. In response to arraignment, the accused is expected to enter a plea. Every stage of the criminal process is extremely important for the defendant's rights to be preserved, you should hire an experienced and competent criminal defense attorney.
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