Characteristics of Habeas Corpus Petitions
- In the U.S. government, there are three main branches of government. The executive branch enforces the law (e.g., police), the legislative branch writes the law (e.g., Congress), and the judicial branch interprets the law (the courts).
- Habeas Corpus petitions are a request for the court (representing the judicial branch) to review an action taken by the executive branch.
- In the context of immigration, Habeas Corpus petitions are a legal tool filed with the U.S. court system through which a foreign national may challenge the conditions or length of their detention.
- Those who wish to file a Habeas Corpus petition must be in custody of some kind. Being in custody means that the foreign national is either actually detained in prison or is under an order of supervision.
If you have been detained by the United States government and believe that you have been treated unlawfully, contact us regarding whether a Habeus Corpus petition may be appropriate. We will consider all aspects of your circumstances and determine what the best course of action is for you to take. We are experienced at filing Habeus Corpus petitions on behalf of those unlawfully detained, and we will represent you in court.
We will work with you to help you present as strong a case as possible before the U.S. court system. Our attorneys are experienced and specialize in immigration law. Put our expertise to work for you and contact us today by phone, email or at one of our three west coast offices.