If you or a loved one is an immigrant here in the United States and you’ve been detained by ICE, you may wonder whether you qualify for an immigration bail bond. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned Montgomery County deportation defense lawyer from Cohen & Patel to learn more. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What Exactly Are Immigration Bail Bonds?

Simply put, an immigration bail bond is a type of federal bond. Required for the release of an individual detained by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), it serves a crucial role. Unlike criminal bail bonds, which ensure a defendant’s return to court, immigration bail bonds guarantee that the detainee will comply with a court’s decision regarding their immigration case.

How Can Someone Obtain One?

Obtaining an immigration bail bond involves several steps, starting with determining eligibility. Eligibility hinges on various factors, including the detainee’s criminal history, flight risk, and the nature of their immigration case. ICE or an immigration judge sets the bond amount, which often reflects these considerations.

To post the bond, a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident must act as the obligor. Payment is made directly to ICE, and the amount varies significantly, starting at a minimum of $1,500. It’s imperative to note that this process is governed by specific legal statutes, including, but not limited to, the Immigration and Nationality Act § 236(a), which delineates the criteria for detention and release on bond.

What Are the Benefits of Securing an Immigration Bail Bond?

Securing an immigration bail bond offers numerous benefits, chief among them being the detainee’s release from detention. This freedom allows individuals to spend time with family and seek legal counsel to better prepare for upcoming court appearances. Additionally, being out of detention can significantly alleviate the emotional and psychological stress associated with immigration proceedings.

The benefits extend beyond the personal. Financially, securing a bond can be more cost-effective than the daily rates charged for detention, making it a pragmatic choice for many families.

Moreover, release on bond can improve a detainee’s chance of a favorable outcome in their case; it affords them the opportunity to gather evidence and testimonials that may bolster their defense in court.

If you have further questions about immigration bail bonds or are looking to obtain one, please don’t hesitate to contact Cohen & Patel today. We are here to fight for you, every step of the way.