Maryland Attorney Handling Immigration, Family, Injury, and Criminal Matters
Whether you are concerned about your immigration status, an accident, or a divorce, or you are worried about the potential consequences of a criminal conviction, it is important to consult an experienced attorney. At the Law Office of Anthony A. Fatemi, LLC, established in 1999, we try to make handling legal issues easy for our clients. Maryland immigration lawyer Anthony A. Fatemi knows that when legal representation is needed, the consequences may extend into all aspects of daily life. He aims to make handling all of your legal issues as easy for you as possible.
We have built a strong immigration practice to serve our community. Regardless of your goals in visiting or immigrating to the United States, we can develop a thorough strategy to pursue your objectives. We handle family-based petitions, employment-based petitions, deportation and removal cases, naturalization, and post-conviction relief. In other words, we can help you whether you are applying for a visa to come to the United States, or whether you are here and trying to find the best path to citizenship. Conversely, if you are concerned about the possibility of deportation, we may be able to help you.Visas
If you are a citizen of a foreign country and want to enter the United States, our Maryland immigration attorney can help you apply for a visa. A visa is an official document that is typically stamped or glued into the visa-holder's passport, which is a document issued by a traveler's country of citizenship. In the United States, the type of visa that you will need to obtain is based on the purpose of your travel. It is defined by immigration law. There are different visas for tourism, employment, family relationships, study, or travel.Green Cards
Lawful permanent residents are also known as green card holders. They are immigrants under the Immigration and Nationality Act, and they have rights, benefits, and privileges that allow them to live in the United States permanently. If a lawful permanent resident meets the conditions and maintains the green card for five years, they can become eligible to apply for citizenship. People married to an American citizen can apply after three years as a green card holder with the assistance of an immigration attorney in Maryland. Green card holders have many benefits, including eligibility for education benefits, eligibility for health care benefits, the ability to come in and out of the country with fewer restrictions, and the ability to work in the United States without a work visa.Deportation Defense
Anybody who is not a United States citizen can be deported from the country for violating immigration or criminal laws. Under the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, immigration judges may order deportation after conducting removal proceedings. If you are an immigrant facing removal, you may be fearful about the process. Deportation starts when the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement issues a Notice to Appear to a noncitizen. The noncitizen then must appear before an immigration judge in court. If you receive a Notice to Appear, it is critical to retain legal representation throughout the process.Citizenship
There are two ways to become a United States citizen. You can become a citizen simply by being born within the country. You can also become a citizen through the naturalization process, with which a Maryland immigration lawyer can assist you. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) administers naturalization law and policy, and it reviews citizenship applications to determine eligibility. Certain classes of people can apply for naturalization if they also meet the other conditions for eligibility. These classes are permanent residents for the five years before applying, permanent residents for at least three years who are married to a citizen, people with qualifying service in the armed forces, and children of citizens who live outside the country.Personal Injury
We also handle personal injury lawsuits. We have helped victims injured in car accidents, train accidents, bus accidents, medical malpractice, and slip and falls. There are often emotional and physical consequences to injuries, and we try to minimize a client's stress. After an accident caused by someone else, you may be able to sue for damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Damages may include medical expenses, lost income and earning capacity, and pain and suffering.Car Accidents
If you are injured in a car accident, you should consult an experienced attorney. Maryland follows a traditional fault system, so you may need to establish the defendant's negligence to recover damages. You will need to show that the defendant owed you a duty of care, and the defendant caused the accident by breaching the duty to use reasonable care. Another driver can breach the duty to use reasonable care by driving while texting, eating, distracted, fatigued, or drunk, or by failing to obey road rules and signs. You have three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in Maryland.Family Law
Family law matters can be emotionally challenging. We strive to make sure that our clients understand that there are different paths to resolving disputes. Not all divorces need to be acrimonious. Sometimes the spouses are able to negotiate an agreement with the help of skillful family law attorneys. Often, a divorce raises disputes between the spouses about property distribution, child custody, child support, or alimony. In some cases, domestic violence plays a role. It is important to choose a trustworthy attorney who understands family law.Divorce
Divorce can be difficult under the best of circumstances. In Maryland, you can get a no-fault divorce. This means that you would not need to allege that your spouse did something wrong in order to get a divorce. You would just need to show a voluntary separation for 12 months or an involuntary separation for two years. Alternatives to divorce include legal separation and annulment. If the grounds for divorce happened outside Maryland, one spouse needs to have resided in Maryland for at least a year before filing for the divorce.Child Custody
In Maryland, both parents are presumed to be natural custodians of their kids. There is no preference for either the mother or the father. Instead, the court will look at the child's best interests when making a custody determination. Factors that are considered in determining a child's best interests include who the primary caregiver is, the character and reputation of the parents, whether there is an agreement in place, which parent will better allow the child to maintain family relationships, and the financial resources of the parents, among many other factors. Sometimes a child's best interests change over time. It is possible to petition the court to get a modification of a child custody order after a divorce.Criminal Defense
It is frustrating to be charged with a crime that you did not commit, and even more frustrating to be convicted. All crimes, whether felonies or misdemeanors, must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. However, in most cases, the government has more resources than the defense. It is important to work with a criminal defense attorney who will get to know the details of your case and apply a strong legal strategy. We have handled criminal charges involving drugs, handguns, domestic violence, assault, DUI, sex offenses, and theft.DUI
You can be charged with DUI if you operate a car when your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or greater. Even if your BAC is between .04% and .08%, you can be charged with driving while impaired. We may be able to negotiate a plea bargain in which you would receive a wet reckless charge instead of a drunk driving charge. In other cases, it is appropriate to take the case to trial. Maryland has an implied consent law. This means that if you refuse to take a chemical test, you can be fined, and your license will be suspended automatically.Consult an Experienced Maryland Attorney
We provide thoughtful and caring legal representation in connection with immigration, family law, criminal defense, and personal injury matters. Anthony A. Fatemi has more than 20 years of experience. Our firm has earned the trust and respect of many satisfied clients. We will do our utmost to earn your trust too. Call us at (301) 519-2801 or (888) 519-2801 or contact us via our online form to discuss your situation with an immigration lawyer in Maryland or seek guidance in another civil or criminal matter.