“You’re being deported.” The three words you pray you never have to hear. The three words that have the ability to change you and your family’s lives forever.


In today’s ever-changing world, it’s important to know your rights—plus, when and how to fight back against deportation, also known as removal, proceedings. The law professionals at The Guerra Law Firm are well versed in removal defense and are prepared to help you and your family defend yourselves against impending deportation, keeping you safely in the United States.

FAQ's (frequently asked questions)

The rules and regulations surrounding removal or deportation defense can be confusing, overwhelming, and daunting. Let us provide some overarching answers to your questions.

Could I actually be deported?

 If you are not a United States citizen, then yes—it is possible for you to be placed in removal or deportation proceedings.

What would put a legal permanent resident (LPR), or Green Card holder, at risk of being deported?

The number one reason a legal permanent resident (LPR) could be placed in removal or deportation proceedings is for committing a criminal-related offense, that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Entering the United States without a visa or illegally
  • Theft, robbery, or assault with bodily injury
  • Aggravated felony, such as murder, rape, or sexual abuse of a minor
  • High speed flight from an immigration checkpoint
  • Failure to register as a sex offender
  • Trafficking of a controlled substance
  • Certain firearms offenses
  • Domestic violence, violating a protection order, stalking, or child abuse
  • Possession of a controlled substance (drugs)
I am a legal permanent resident (LPR) who has been charged with a crime. Should I take a plea offer?

No—is extremely important for you to speak with an immigration attorney before taking a plea offer. We can help you reduce your risk of being deported in a few different ways, such a filing for a “relief waiver.” Each case is different, and we’d encourage you to contact us immediately, so we can help you navigate your way through the immigration court system.

What would put a non-resident at risk of being deported?

The top reasons that non-residents—anyone who has entered the country on a visa or without authorization—could be placed in removal or deportation proceedings are 1) if they have overstayed their time permitted to be in the United States and 2) if they committed a criminal offense while in the United States.