5 Signs You Have Chosen a Bad Immigration Lawyer

5 Signs You Have Chosen a Bad Immigration Lawyer

If you find yourself anywhere in which you want or need to accomplish something within the US immigration system, choosing the right immigration lawyer is crucial to your chances for success. Not all immigration attorneys are created equal, and working with the wrong immigration lawyer can have disastrous consequences for your case. 

Unfortunately, immigration, like so many areas of the law, is an area in which fraudulent lawyers or shady lawyers are commonplace.   But beware and be-aware!  We’re here to help, because you cannot protect your interests with the wrong lawyer.  We know this at Cheves Briceno, because we have the experience and a track record of success that few other lawyers can claim.   

Here are five signs that you may have the bad immigration lawyer and how it can negatively impact your immigration journey:

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1. Your Lawyer May Not Have Adequate Knowledge of Georgia or Immigration Law

An immigration lawyer who lacks knowledge of Georgia law or federal immigration law may struggle to effectively represent you in your immigration case. For example, if your lawyer is unfamiliar with specific federal regulations or procedures that impact immigration processing, they may overlook crucial details that could impact your eligibility for certain immigration benefits or relief.

As a real-world example, suppose you’re applying for a visa or adjustment of status in Georgia. Your lawyer, unfamiliar with state or federal specific requirements, fails to submit the necessary documentation or meet deadlines, resulting in delays or denials of your application. 

This oversight could have been avoided from the outset by working with an attorney like Cheves Briceno, whose immigration attorneys have a deep understanding of Georgia immigration laws.

2. Your Immigration Attorney has Poor Communication Skills

Effective communication is essential for a successful attorney-client relationship and in immigration law, it is no different. A bad immigration lawyer may fail to keep you informed about the status of your case, fail to respond to your inquiries promptly, or provide unclear or confusing explanations of legal matters.  A lack of communication can lead to frustration and add additional stress to a stressful situation.  Who needs this?

Imagine you have pressing questions about your immigration status or the progress of your case, but your lawyer rarely responds to your calls or emails. This lack of communication leaves you feeling anxious and uncertain about your future. 

At Cheves Briceno, we prioritize clear and timely communication with our clients, ensuring that you are informed and supported every step of the way.

3. Your Immigration Lawyer has Ineffective Negotiation Skills

Immigration cases often involve negotiations with government agencies or opposing parties. A bad immigration lawyer may lack the negotiation skills needed to secure favorable outcomes for their clients, such as obtaining waivers, resolving disputes, or appealing decisions.  

Suppose you’re facing deportation proceedings, and your lawyer fails to effectively negotiate with immigration authorities for relief or alternative options. As a result, you may be forced to leave the country and face separation from your family and loved ones. Cheves Briceno’s experienced negotiators are skilled at advocating for our clients’ rights and interests, maximizing the chances of a positive outcome.

4. Your Lawyer Demonstrates Unethical Behavior

Ethical misconduct can have serious repercussions for both you and your immigration case. A bad immigration lawyer may engage in unethical practices such as dishonesty, conflicts of interest, or failure to disclose relevant information.  Make sure your lawyer has a history of good reviews, and ensure you interview several attorneys before you make your choice.

Imagine your lawyer advises you to provide false information on your immigration application or to engage in fraudulent activities to expedite the process. Not only does this jeopardize your chances of obtaining legal status, but it also puts you at risk of facing legal consequences, including deportation. Cheves Briceno operates with the highest ethical standards, ensuring that our clients receive honest and trustworthy legal representation.

5. Lack of Experience or Specialization

Immigration law is a complex and ever-changing field that requires specialized knowledge and experience. A bad immigration lawyer may lack sufficient experience or focus on immigration law, leading to subpar representation and missed opportunities for relief.

Suppose you hire a general practitioner attorney to handle your immigration case, but they lack the specific expertise needed to navigate the intricacies of immigration law. As a result, they may overlook potential avenues for relief or make critical errors that jeopardize your case. Cheves Briceno’s team of immigration attorneys specializes in immigration law, ensuring that you receive knowledgeable and skilled representation tailored to your unique needs.

Choose Cheves Briceno for Superior Immigration Representation

If you’ve experienced any of these signs with your current immigration lawyer, it may be time to seek alternative representation. Cheves Briceno Personal Injury and Immigration Attorneys are here to provide you with the superior legal representation you deserve. With offices in Braselton, Columbus, and Peachtree Corners, we are conveniently located to serve clients throughout Georgia. Contact us today to schedule a consultation about your immigration case and let us help you navigate your immigration journey with confidence and peace of mind.

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