• We are here to help you

    Dedicated Criminal and Immigration Lawyers. Our dual concentration in criminal and immigration law uniquely suits us to represent clients in both criminal and immigration proceedings.

  • You can rely on us

    We have experience where it counts. Originally founded in 1990, we have successfully represented thousands of individuals and companies throughout the United States and across the globe in administrative, trial, and appellate venues.

  • We will see you through

    We practice in administrative, trial, and appellate Courts. We represent clients before administrative bodies such as USCIS and the Immigration Courts, in federal and state trial courts, and in federal and state appellate Courts.

  • We treat our clients like members of our own families

    What’s important to you is important to us. We know that every client has unique needs, and we tailor our approach to every case with integrity, diligence, creativity, and wisdom. We regularly find solutions to cases other lawyers have called impossible by crafting creative strategies that are guided by our considerable experience in the law. When your case is with us, you can be confident that you are receiving exceptional representation.

EXPERIENCE

Founded in 1990. Our attorneys have over 35 years of combined experience in criminal and immigration law. We have successfully completed thousands of individual cases in hundreds of different venues.

REACH

We have represented clients from over 70 countries. We have staff fluent in six languages, including American Sign Language. We have attorneys admitted in multiple jurisdictions across the United States and five circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals and affiliates nationwide.

PROFESSIONALISM

We pride ourselves on excellent communication with our clients and continually improve our quality control standards. Our attorneys actively participate in continuing legal education to ensure we are always up-to-date and on the cutting edge of the law.

CONVENIENCE

We offer easy payment plans and accept credit and debit cards. We have family friendly offices located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, and we use modern technologies to interface with clients all over the world.

“KING MINOS'S LABYRINTH IN ANCIENT CRETE”

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said it best: “The statutory scheme defining and delimiting the rights of aliens is exceedingly complex. Courts and commentators have stated that the Immigration and Nationality Act resembles ‘King Minos's labyrinth in ancient Crete,' and is ‘second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity.'”` Chan v. Reno, 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3016, *5 (S.D.N.Y. 1997) (citations omitted).

As labyrinthine and complex as the Immigration and Nationality Act is, the Act only comprises a small portion of immigration law. In fact, immigration law also consists of Title 8 as well as parts of other titles in the United States Code, administrative decisions, judicial decisions, agency memoranda, and executive orders. A layperson will understandably get lost within minutes of entering this legal maze.

WHAT CAN AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER DO FOR ME?

An experienced and skilled immigration lawyer can guide you through the labyrinth and avoid the pitfalls that await inside. An experienced immigration lawyer can take the mystery out of the process and guide your matter to a smooth resolution. He or she can distinguish between routine government processing delays and dangerous processing errors, and can also prevent mistakes from delaying or even denying an application.

IMMIGRATION ERRORS CAN BE COSTLY

The filing fees for immigration applications can be hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars. If a case is denied due to an avoidable error, those fees may have to be paid again. But having to pay expensive filing fees is a small problem compared to the other problems improper filings can cause. A mistake in the process or application can result in deportation, permanent exclusion from the United States, criminal penalties, and delays that can last for years.

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CRIMINAL AND IMMIGRATION LAW

Even minor crimes can have huge immigration consequences. A single DUI can result in the denial of certain discretionary applications including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Any noncitizen faced with a criminal charge must consider the immigration consequences of the charge before walking into a criminal court. It is a very frequent occurrence that an alien agrees to plead guilty to a crime in order to avoid jail time only to later discover that the plea renders him deportable from the United States and permanently barred from returning. For this and many other reasons it is exceedingly important that an alien charged with a crime have an immigration lawyer on his team, or to hire a firm, like Berke Law Offices, Inc., that has a proven track record with both criminal defense and immigration law.

HOW TO CHOOSE AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER

Immigration cases can take years to complete, and open communication between the attorney and the client is perhaps the most important factor in determining the success or failure of an immigration case. Make sure that the attorney is licensed to practice law in your jurisdiction. Do not hire a law firm before meeting the attorney personally and confirming that he or she has experience in handling your specific type of case. Make sure the attorney can clearly explain the fees he will be charging and gives you a written fee agreement so that your obligations are clear. Attorneys who are members of the American Immigration Lawyer Association are generally dedicated to the practice of immigration law and hold themselves to high standards for legal education and knowledge.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A CONSULTATION

Be prepared to pay for a consultation. In immigration law, more so than in most other areas of law, the consultation is all the client needs and there will be no “case” for the attorney to open. Absent a consultation fee, the attorney may feel more inclined to do work that is unnecessary or withhold giving valuable advice or analysis. Make sure you bring ALL available paperwork to your consultation. An attorney can give you better and more accurate advice the more he knows about your case. Particularly in immigration matters, what happened in the past is critical to what can be done in the future. So gather every document you can and bring them to your consultation.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I EXPECT TO PAY

Immigration consultations vary from attorney to attorney. At Berke Law Offices, Inc., we charge $350 for a standard consultation. Immigration cases can range in price from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars depending on many, many factors. It is common for immigration lawyers to charge flat-rates for their services. At Berke Law Offices, Inc., we charge flat rates for most matters and you can find out what we charge for a particular application type simply by calling our offices. We also offer payment terms for our fees. Flat rates tend to be lower than attorney's hourly rates. Depending on the locale, an experienced immigration attorney may charge between $200 and $400 per hour.

Providing Convenient and Efficient Legal Services Since 1990

An arrest or imminent deportation is one of the most stressful events an individual and family can suffer, and often it is the first time they will need to hire a lawyer. At Berke Law Offices, Inc., we understand the fear and concern that arises in these situations, so we work hard to make the experience as simple and worry free as possible. Give us a call at (818)804-5729 or send us an email at info@berkelawoffices.com and see how easy and beneficial hiring a lawyer can be.

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