FAQs

Here are answers to frequently asked questions. To talk to a lawyer about other questions, call the Law Office of Valdez & Monárrez in McAllen, Texas, at 866-582-2754 or email us your questions. Se habla español.

What is the cost of a consultation?

There is no cost for our initial consultations. Our legal team will listen to your situation and discuss your options with no obligation.

What are your office hours?

Our offices are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Do you offer payment plans?

We understand that legal problems can be expensive and can catch you off guard. We offer many flexible payment options for our clients. Your initial consultation is always free of charge and obligation.

What can I do if my visa is canceled at the port of entry?

If you encounter a customs and border patrol officer at a United States port of entry who tries to cancel your visa, you have the right to have your case heard by an immigration judge. Request a hearing with an immigration judge so that your rights are protected. The officer should give you a date for a hearing.

What can I do if immigration authorities detain me?

It is important to understand your rights when you are detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Understand that you are more likely to be detained if you have a criminal history or a prior order for removal. If such an order exists, you may be deported without the right to see an immigration judge. If you are detained, you should begin by requesting a bond. Keep in mind that your deportation officer will assess if you are a flight risk or a threat to the community. It is important that you discuss why you are not a threat/risk with him or her. If the bond is not granted, you have the right to ask an immigration judge for a redetermination. If the deportation officer does set a bond, but sets it too high, you also have the right to ask the immigration judge to lower the bond. In detainment, you have the right to make one free local call; you will have to pay for remaining calls. Make sure that you provide your family and your lawyer with the alien registration number in all the paperwork that ICE provided to you so they can work on your case.

What should I do if I am arrested?

The most important thing you can do when you are arrested is to be your own advocate by remaining silent. Do not answer any questions without your attorney present. The only information you are legally required to give an arresting officer is your name, address and date of birth. Other than that, you have the right to remain silent. Remember, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.

What are my options after being charged with a crime?

You have the right to go to trial. You may also come into an agreement with the state. You have many options that don't necessarily involve a jury trial. It is better to discuss these options with an experienced attorney. After discussing the same, your attorney will advise you on your best option.