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Are you a lawful permanent resident who needs to avoid deportation, or wants to become a United States citizen but have criminal convictions that are affecting eligibility? Or are you seeking to become a lawful permanent resident, or need defense from deportation in removal proceedings, or post-conviction relief? These are some examples of the many types of immigration cases Jacobs & Associates handles.

We are a boutique immigration and criminal defense firm that handles all types of family based immigration cases, visas, adjustment of status, naturalization, U Visas, deportation defense, appeals, motions, and all kinds of criminal cases. We specialize in representing immigrants with criminal convictions and criminal defendants who are not yet United States Citizens. We also consult with other criminal defense attorneys to advise them during the plea bargaining stage regarding the immigration consequences of plea bargain offers, and recommend alternatives if necessary.

Robert Jacobs has been practicing immigration law over seventeen years and has been a Certified Specialist by the California State Bar since 2007. His experience includes representing clients in sixteen different immigration courthouses in seven different states. He has conducted oral argument on appeals eight times before the Ninth Circuit Court and four appeals have been published by the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit. Motions to Vacate criminal convictions have been granted in various courthouses in five different counties throughout California.

Robert Jacobs is continually reeducating himself through legal seminars and his membership on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Immigration Law Section since 2006, and attendance at the American Immigration Lawyers Association National Convention every year since 2000. He has also been a planner/moderator/speaker at nine continuing legal education seminars hosted by the Los Angeles County Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Additionally, he has been on the Boards of the Mexican American Bar Association and the Southeast District Bar Association.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any immigration law matter such as the following:

  • Deportation & Removal Defense
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Naturalization
  • U Visas
  • Immigrant Visas
  • Motions To Vacate
  • Expungements 
  • Motions to Reduce Probation
  • Criminal Defense 
  • Criminal Defense of Immigrants
  • Appeals to the Board of Immigration
  • Appeals & Ninth Circuit & AAO 
  • Work Permits

Jacobs & Associates has an experienced staff of paralegals who learn and understand your needs and goals and work hard to meet and exceed them in the most efficient way possible. We also have two associates who team up with Robert Jacobs to provide big firm service and expertise with a boutique firm setting. Before you decide whether to maneuver the legal field on your own, or hire another office, check out the law office of Jacobs & Associates. 

Call Attorney Robert Jacobs today at 562-661-9680 to arrange your free initial consultation. Representing clients in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Attorney Profiles

Attorney Robert Jacobs

Jurisdictions:

  • California, 1998
  • Wisconsin, 1997
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Legal Certifications:

  • Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Education:

  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, J.D., 1997
  • University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin, B.S., 1994
    • Majors: B.S. Economics, B.S. Political Science

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1999 – present
    • National Convention Attendee, 2000 – present
    • Liaison to the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), 2015, 2016
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1997 – present
    • Executive Committee – Immigration Law Section, 2006 – present
    • Liaison Committees
      • Immigrant & Customs Enforcement (ICE), 2008-10, 2013
      • Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)(San Pedro) 2007-08
      • Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)(LA) 2010, 2014
      • U.S. Citizenship & Immigrant Services (USCIS) 2007-08
  • Mexican American Bar Assoication (MABA) 2001 – present
    • Executive Board, 2010 & 2012
  • Southeast District Bar Association (SEDBA) 2002 – present
    • Executive Board, 2009 - 2011

Awards:

  • Certified Specialist, Immigration Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 2007–present.
  • Super Lawyers (Thompson Reuters) – Southern California Immigration Lawyer, 2015, 2016.
  • Super Lawyers (Thompson Reuters) – Southern California Rising Star, Immigration Lawyer, 2011.
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates – Top 100 Immigration Lawyers in California, 2013.
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 40 Under 40, 2012.

Attorney Jay Chung

Jurisdictions:

  • California, 2009
  • United States Supreme Court

Education:

  • Southwestern Law School, J.D., 2008
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. Political Science, 2004

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Southeast District Bar Association (SEDBA) 2009 – present
    • Executive Board, 2012 – present
    • Vice President, 2014 & 2015

Attorney Angel Lalama

Jurisdictions:

  • California, 2014

Education:

  • Western State College of Law, J.D., 2014
  • Chapman University, B.A. Philosophy, 2006

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Spanish

Verdicts & Settlements

UNDOCUMENTED FEMALE, MOTHER OF TWO YOUNG U.S. CITIZENS, FACING DEPORTATION
Our client was facing deportation to Mexico for being in the U.S. without documents. She was raising two young U.S. citizen children, ages 13 & 8. One of her children was exceptionally gifted in academics whereas the other child suffered from ADD. In Immigration Court, we won “Cancellation of Removal” by showing that her deportation would cause “exceptional and extremely unusual hardship” to her citizen children. Outcome: DEPORTATION CANCELLED, GRANTED PERMANENT RESIDENCY


LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENT MALE FACING DEPORTATION FOR DRUG CONVICTION
Our client was a gifted college student studying architecture. His entire family had emigrated to the U.S. from France and he was a lawful permanent resident whereas his entire family had already become U.S. citizens. The client was convicted of a drug-related offense and put into immigration court. Our office was able to stop the deportation, win “Cancellation of Removal” for permanent residents, and the client was able to complete his college education. Outcome: PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS RESTORED


PORTUGESE MALE FACING IMMINENT DEPORTATION 
Our client, a native of Portugal, was a permanent resident of the U.S. for nearly 50 years when he was convicted of multiple crimes including drug and firearms offenses. He was deemed a “mandatory detainee” by ICE, held without immigration bond, and the immigration judge ordered him deported. Our office was able to successfully appeal the judge’s order and stop the deportation by proving the client was already a U.S. citizen. Outcome: DEPORTATION ORDER VACATED. CLIENT PROVEN TO BE A U.S. CITIZEN


PERMANENT RESIDENT MALE WITH MULTIPLE “AGGRAVATED FELONY” CRIMES

Our client was detained without bond by ICE and facing imminent deportation to Belize based on three crimes designated “aggravated felonies” by immigration.  We were able to file post-conviction motions with the Los Angeles Superior Court and reduced the sentences he received on his criminal convictions.  Because of our successful post-conviction work, DHS moved the immigration judge to terminate immigration proceedings and our client was able to return home to his family.  Outcome: CRIMINAL SENTENCES REDUCED.  DEPORTATION PROCEEDINGS TERMINATED. 


PERMANENT RESIDENT MALE WITH MULTIPLE “AGGRAVATED FELONY” CRIMES
Our client was detained without bond by ICE and facing imminent deportation to Belize based on three crimes designated “aggravated felonies” by immigration. We were able to file post-conviction motions with the Los Angeles Superior Court and reduced the sentences he received on his criminal convictions. Because of our successful post-conviction work, DHS moved the immigration judge to terminate immigration proceedings and our client was able to return home to his family. Outcome: CRIMINAL SENTENCES REDUCED. DEPORTATION PROCEEDINGS TERMINATED.


UNDOCUMENTED MALE PREVIOUSLY ORDERED DEPORTED BY A JUDGE
Our client is a native of Thailand who came to our office after he had already been ordered deported by a judge. We took over the client’s case and were able to re-open the judge’s deportation order at the appellate court level. After re-opening the case, we worked with the government to terminate immigration court proceedings and the client applied for permanent residency through his U.S. citizen wife. Outcome: IMMIGRATION CASE RE-OPENED, DEPORTATION ORDER VACATED, AND CLIENT GRANTED PERMANENT RESIDENCY.



 UNDOCUMENTED FEMALE WITH A PRIOR DEPORTATION ORDER
Our client is a native of Mexico who had previously been deported. She was apprehended and kept in custody by ICE who sought to reinstate the prior deportation. The client told immigration she was afraid of returning to Mexico and she was given a “reasonable fear” screening by an asylum officer. The asylum officer ruled against our client, but our office was able to have a judge review the case and reverse the asylum officer’s decision. The judge allowed the client to apply for “withholding of removal” which we were able to win in court by proving our client would be harmed in Mexico as a victim of domestic violence. Outcome: REINSTATEMENT OF DEPORTATION STOPPED. WITHHOLDING OF REMOVAL GRANTED

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