“Bueno, yo lo único que puedo decir que gracias a la abogada Rodriguez yo no fui deportada, y gracias a ella puedo seguir al lado de mi familia. Para mi ha sido una experiencia maravillosa y una gran bendición, por que aparte de ser una excelente abogada es un apersona que se preocupa por ayudar realmente a su comunidad”
Mrs. Herrera came to our office on a final order of removal and no hope of returning to the United States legally. Her life and the life of her family was in jeopardy. She has been represented by other counsel who did not advocate for her rights in criminal or immigration court and led her to believe she would be eligible for relief, but unfortunately it was untrue.
Counsel was negligent with her case and continued to mislead her until her appeal was dismissed by the Board of Immigration Appeals where he litigated the issue but was unsuccessful. She was forced to take voluntary departure because her counsel had not listening to the real underlying issues.
When Mrs. Herrera retained our services we worked with new criminal defense attorney who succeeded in vacating her conviction which was the reason she had been placed in deportation proceedings. Mrs. Herrera, had in fact a good basis for reopening her criminal matter and getting a lesser conviction or total withdrawal of charges-she has battled mental illness since childhood. Her win in criminal court was the key to success in reopening her case with the Board of Immigration Appeals upon proving she was eligible for relief.
However, she had to overcome many legal obstacles to win her motion to reconsider with the Board of Immigration Appeals. First, she had to file a complaint with the Colorado Supreme Court against her former counsel. Then she had to prove that her case was mishandled to the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Finally, we had to show proof that her case was dismissed for fundamental errors in the processing. Although Mrs. Herrera did not succeed in receiving the retainer paid to her former counsel, her immigration case was reopened by the Board of Immigration Appeals and remanded to the Immigration Court after successful litigation by our team.