Ponce Law Group

Former federal and state public defender. Personal immigrant story. Passion and knowledge at work for you because we understand our clients, understand the challenges and resolve it like family.

Our mission is to zealously represent our clients with integrity and professionalism. We handle complex criminal and immigration matters, including all DUI, traffic related cases, assault, domestic violence, drug, gang, and murder cases. We are dedicated to building a law practice through meaningful relationships with our clients and our communities. I believe in litigation because only in preparation for litigation can true negotiation be achieved. Over the years I have learned the importance of establishing excellent professional relationships with local courts to achieve the best results for my clients. But more than the those relationships, as a former federal and state public defender, I have learned the importance of preparing every case as if litigation is inevitable--because only then can real negotiation take place. I will take the time to get to know all of my clients, because an attorney who does not know their client's side of things will be ill prepared to fight. keep you informed and advised on the progress of your case. SE HABLA ESPA脩OL

History

Established in 2012. The law office is owned and managed by Roger H. Ponce, a former deputy federal and state public defender. Mr. Ponce has successfully handled thousands of criminal cases and immigration matters from state courts, to appellate courts, to federal courts. Value is the greatest form gratitude and we are an office dedicated to being valuable to our clients--because we understand our clients, understand your challenges and solve it like family.

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[04/30/21]   Fake social security and DACA

Q: would using a fake Social Security number affect my DACA?

A: NO consequences for DACA but you have to always think of the future. Adjustment of status or consular processing.

Using a fake SSN is not a ground of ineligibility for DACA as long as there are no criminal convictions but one has to be also wary of false claims of citizenship. Never claim to be a US citizen if you鈥檙e not, especially on I-9 forms, the form employers give you when you apply for a job.

04/16/2021

Un gran placer poder atender a esta pareja que ya son residentes permanentes. Otro caso de Asilo ganado馃コ. Hay veces que los casos toman su tiempo pero como dice nuestros clientes Maria y Valentin "Dios sabe el tiempo perfecto" Nuestro equipo siempre pone los casos en el nombre de Dios primero que todo. Gracias por su paciencia y por depositar su confianza en nuestra firma.

Un gran placer poder atender a esta pareja que ya son residentes permanentes. Otro caso de Asilo ganado馃コ. Hay veces que los casos toman su tiempo pero como dice nuestros clientes Maria y Valentin "Dios sabe el tiempo perfecto" Nuestro equipo siempre pone los casos en el nombre de Dios primero que todo. Gracias por su paciencia y por depositar su confianza en nuestra firma.

[04/14/21]   Can an arrest record be expunged when charges weren鈥檛 filed?

Yes. Penal Code (PC) 851.91 / 851.87 seals an arrest record if the reason for the arrest is beyond the statute of limitation of prosecution.

PC 851.8 can also do it but it requires a showing in court of "factual innocence." It is harder to obtain because one has to show the arresting officer was wrong. But this seals AND destroys any record of an arrest.

Court Forms CR 409 and 410 is for PC 851.91. Factual innocence requires a motion.

[04/14/21]   驴Se puede borrar el registro de arresto cuando no se presentaron cargos?

Si. El C贸digo Penal (PC) 851.91 / 851.87 sella un registro de arresto siempre y cuando la acusaci贸n del arresto est茅 m谩s all谩 del estatuto de limitaci贸n del enjuiciamiento.

PC 851.8 tambi茅n puede hacerlo, pero requiere una demostraci贸n en la corte de "inocencia f谩ctica". Es m谩s dif铆cil de obtener porque el programa esencialmente tiene que demostrar que el oficial que lo arrest贸 estaba equivocado. Pero esto sella Y destruye cualquier registro de arresto.

Los formularios judiciales CR 409 y 410 son para PC 851.91. La inocencia de hecho requiere una moci贸n.

[03/18/21]   NOTICIAS: La C谩mara de Representantes de EEUU acaba de votar a favor de la propuesta de ley HR 6 que proveer铆a legalizaci贸n a millones de inmigrantes indocumentados. Ojo personas con DACA o TPS, y a personas con ciertas visas.

[03/08/21]   TPS FOR VENEZUELANS

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months
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Secretario Mayorkas designa a Venezuela para estatus de protecci贸n temporal por 18 meses

[03/02/21]   U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is Reverting to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test
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El Servicio de Ciudadan铆a e Inmigraci贸n de EE. UU. (USCIS) est谩 volviendo a la versi贸n 2008 del examen de ciudadan铆a por naturalizaci贸n

[02/25/21]   TENGA EN CUENTA que el proyecto de ley de inmigraci贸n PROPUESTO de Biden a煤n no se ha aprobado y, si se aprueba, probablemente no se aprobar谩 en su forma actual. NADIE SABE exactamente lo que significar谩 para nuestros hermanos y hermanas indocumentadas.

No sea v铆ctima de fraude. NO le pague nada a nadie ... porque la el proyecto NO ES LEY TODAV脥A.

Hable con un abogado u organizaci贸n de inmigraci贸n antes de tomar una decisi贸n sobre DACA, TPS, visas U, etc.

[02/25/21]   PLEASE NOTE that the PROPOSED Biden Immigration Bill still hasn鈥檛 passed and if it gets passed, it will probably not be passed in its current form. NO ONE KNOWS exactly what it will mean for our undocumented brothers and sisters.

Please don鈥檛 be a victim of fraud. DO NOT pay anyone anything ... because the bill is NOT LAW.

Talk to an immigration attorney or organization before you make a decision on DACA, TPS, U Visas, etc.

Democratic lawmakers unveil Biden-backed immigration overhaul bill 02/18/2021

Democratic lawmakers unveil Biden-backed immigration overhaul bill

Democratic lawmakers unveil Biden-backed immigration overhaul bill The plan would allow millions of immigrants living in the country without authorization to obtain legal status.

White House announces sweeping immigration bill 02/18/2021

White House announces sweeping immigration bill

White House announces sweeping immigration bill https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/18/politics/biden-immigration-legislation/index.html

White House announces sweeping immigration bill The White House announced a sweeping immigration bill Thursday that would create an eight-year path to citizenship for millions of immigrants already in the country and provide a faster track for undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.

Gascon letter 02/17/2021

Gascon letter

Gascon letter

More than 18,500 Individuals Unlawfully Detained by L.A. County Sheriff's Department Over ICE Holds to Receive Compensation from $14 Million Settlement 02/14/2021

More than 18,500 Individuals Unlawfully Detained by L.A. County Sheriff's Department Over ICE Holds to Receive Compensation from $14 Million Settlement

More than 18,500 Individuals Unlawfully Detained by L.A. County Sheriff's Department Over ICE Holds to Receive Compensation from $14 Million Settlement

See: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/more-than-18-500-individuals-unlawfully-detained-by-la-county-sheriffs-department-over-ice-holds-to-receive-compensation-from-14-million-settlement-301226493.html

More than 18,500 Individuals Unlawfully Detained by L.A. County Sheriff's Department Over ICE Holds to Receive Compensation from $14 Million Settlement /PRNewswire/ -- Individuals who were held in L.A. County jail based on ICE holds in the period from October 2010 to June 2014 may be eligible to participate in...

[02/12/21]   Se espera que un juez federal en Texas pronuncie en unos d铆as, o unas pocas semanas, sobre un caso que determinar谩 el destino de DACA y 640.000 inmigrantes tra铆dos al pa铆s cuando eran ni帽os ilegalmente. Aun que la administraci贸n Biden ha prometido asegurar un camino de legalizaci贸n para estas personas, muchos anticipan que DACA ser谩 declarado ilegal, lo que resultar谩 en que los beneficiarios sean despojados de su protecci贸n contra la deportaci贸n y los permisos de trabajo. Texas y otros ocho estados est谩n pidiendo a la corte que ponga fin a DACA, argumentando que el programa es inconstitucional. Asi que, OJO.

[02/12/21]   Estados Unidos sale del acuerdo de asilo de la administraci贸n Trump en Guatemala. Seg煤n el acuerdo, los migrantes ten铆an que solicitar protecci贸n en el primer pa铆s "seguro" antes de poder presentar una solicitud de asilo en los EE. UU. Como resultado, los migrantes salvadore帽os y hondure帽os se vieron obligados a solicitar primero protecci贸n en su vecino del norte, Guatemala. La critica del acuerdo era que se firm贸 con pa铆ses de la peligrosa regi贸n del Tri谩ngulo del Norte.

Photos from Ponce Law Group's post 02/05/2021

Estamos agradecidos con este joven que llego a nuestra oficina en el 2017 y nos dio la oportunidad de ser parte de su historia de exito en su caso migratorio. Con la gracias de dios y nuestro equipo el ya es un cliente mas que podemos agregar a nuestro casos ganados. Su sue帽o es poder ayudar a sus hermanos y ser due帽o de un restaurante le deseamos todo lo mejor en su futuro.

02/01/2021

[01/26/21]   LA NUEVA LEY DE CALIFORNIA ACORTA EL TIEMPO DE PROBACI脫N (AB1950)

El 30 de septiembre de 2020, el gobernador Newsom promulg贸 el Proyecto de Ley de la Asamblea (AB) 1950. Esta legislaci贸n hace cambios significativos a la libertad condicional en California. AB 1950 acorta la duraci贸n de la libertad condicional en la mayor铆a de los casos de delitos menores a un a帽o y en la mayor铆a de los casos de delitos graves a dos a帽os.

AB 1950 NO reduce el tiempo de libertad condicional para las siguientes condenas:

Delitos graves violentos (como se define en la Secci贸n 667.5
del C贸digo Penal); o

Ciertos delitos financieros (condenas bajo las Secciones 487
(b) (3), 503 o 532a del C贸digo Penal), donde la cantidad de
dinero involucrada es mayor a $ 25,000; o

Cualquier delito menor o mayor, "que incluya per铆odos de
prueba espec铆ficos dentro de sus disposiciones".

Los cambios realizados bajo AB 1950 entrar谩n en vigencia a partir del 1 de enero de 2021. Esto significa que si lo condenan por un delito menor o grave el 1 de enero de 2021 o despu茅s, AB 1950 puede afectar la duraci贸n de su libertad condicional.

Lo que no est谩 claro es si los cambios realizados por AB 1950 se aplicar谩n retroactivamente a las condenas anteriores al 1 de enero de 2021. Por lo tanto, si es condenado antes del 1 de enero de 2021, debe preguntarle a su abogado si es elegible para que se reduzca su per铆odo de prueba.

Del mismo modo, si tiene un caso abierto, debe hablar con su abogado sobre la posibilidad de retrasar su sentencia hasta despu茅s del 1 de enero de 2021 para aprovechar AB 1950.

Evitamos que un cliente entrara en PRISI脫N en BAKERSFIELD por 2 a帽os por una violaci贸n de libertad condicional basada en AB1950.

[01/26/21]   NEW CALIFORNIA LAW SHORTENS PROBATION TIME (AB1950)

On September 30, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1950 into law. This legislation makes significant changes to probation in California. AB 1950 shortens the length of probation in most misdemeanor cases to one year and in most felony cases to two years.

AB 1950 does NOT reduce the time for probation for the following convictions:

Violent felonies (as defined by Penal Code Section 667.5); or
Certain financial crimes (convictions under Penal Code
Sections 487(b)(3), 503, or 532a), where the amount of
money involved is greater than $25,000; or

Any misdemeanor or felony, 鈥渢hat includes specific probation
lengths within its provisions.鈥

The changes made under AB 1950 will take effect as of January 1, 2021. This means if you are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony on or after January 1, 2021, AB 1950 may effect your probation length.

What is unclear is if the changes made by AB 1950 will retroactively apply to convictions prior to January 1, 2021. SO, if are convicted prior to January 1, 2021, you should ask your lawyer whether you are eligible to have your probation period reduced. Likewise, if you have an open case, you should talk to your lawyer about delaying your sentencing until after January 1, 2021 to take advantage of AB 1950.

We prevented a client going into PRISON in BAKERSFIELD for 2 years on a probation violation based on AB1950.

[01/23/21]   Escuchen, escuchen 馃棧: 隆隆TODAV脥A NO HAY REFORMA DE INMIGRACI脫N !!

La administraci贸n Biden tiene muchas ideas y ya ha comenzado a actuar para revertir varias acciones da帽inas del gobierno anterior, pero la reforma migratoria depende de que el Congreso apruebe un proyecto de ley.

Si tiene problemas de taxes o convicciones criminales, hable con profesionales reales que puedan responder ese tipo de preguntas, PERO no se deje enga帽ar. NO PAGUE DINERO A NADIE PARA PREPARAR DOCUMENTOS PARA LO QUE NO EXISTE.

Photos from Ponce Law Group's post 01/21/2021

WOW! A stop on deportations for the next 100 days starting January 21, 2021 to reevaluate immigration enforcement policies.

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隆GUAUU! Una suspensi贸n de las deportaciones durante los pr贸ximos 100 d铆as a partir del 21 de enero de 2021 para reevaluar las pol铆ticas de aplicaci贸n de la ley de inmigraci贸n.

DHS Statement on the Suspension of New Enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols Program 01/21/2021

DHS Statement on the Suspension of New Enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols Program

DHS announced suspension of new enrollments in the Remain in Mexico (MPP) program!

DHS Statement on the Suspension of New Enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols Program Today, DHS is announcing the suspension of new enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. Effective tomorrow, January 21, the Department will cease adding individuals into the program. However, current COVID-19 non-essential travel restrictions, both at the border and in the regi...

Memorandum on Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Venezuelans | The White House 01/20/2021

Memorandum on Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Venezuelans | The White House

The White House has just announced deferred action for Venezuelans.

La Casa Blanca acaba de anunciar accion deferida para los venezolanos.

see: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/memorandum-deferred-enforced-departure-certain-venezuelans/?fbclid=IwAR1GCJ7NV0FFmKTdkG397d1FvNK3fyONH0qwz5bFxIZgDHAr_9TG8iQj4cs

Memorandum on Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Venezuelans | The White House MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY SUBJECT: Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Venezuelans The autocratic govern

[01/09/21]   Debido a la pandemia de COVID-19 y otros factores, USCIS ha experimentado demoras en emitir notificaciones de recibo de algunas solicitudes y peticiones presentadas en localidades seguras (lockboxes) de USCIS. La informaci贸n a continuaci贸n explica la situaci贸n actual de las operaciones de las localidades seguras y los asuntos que afectan las notificaciones de recibo.

Como resultado de las restricciones de COVID-19, as铆 como a un aumento en el recibo de solicitudes, el volumen actual de correspondencia que maneja el servicio postal y otros factores externos, usted podr铆a experimentar una demora de cuatro a seis semanas en recibir su notificaci贸n de recibo despu茅s de haber presentado apropiadamente una solicitud o petici贸n en una localidad segura (lockbox) de USCIS.

[12/29/20]   DOJ/DHS drops fee increase appeal case! This means CIS fees remain frozen, no increase! Great work AILA and partners!

Las tarifas de Inmigracion se quedan igual y congeladas. DHS no quizo segir con la apelacion.

Docket Text:
Filed (ECF) Appellants Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, USCIS, USDHS and Chad F. Wolf Unopposed Motion to dismiss case voluntarily pursuant to FRAP 42(b). Date of service: 12/28/2020.

USCIS Rule Making Changes to Fee Schedule Will Remain Enjoined

Today, the government filed an unopposed motion for voluntary dismissal of its appeal in ILRC v. Wolf, a lawsuit filed by AILA and Sidley Austin LLP on behalf of leading immigrants' rights organizations challenging the USCIS final rule making significant changes to the agency's fee schedule. Thus, the USCIS fee final rule will remain enjoined in its entirety.

12/19/2020

Ponce Law Group working late to get these new DACA applications filed ASAP.
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Ponce Law Group trabajando tarde para someter nuevas aplicaciones de DACA lo m谩s pronto posible.

12/12/2020
12/10/2020

Let us answer your questions. Free consultations for DACA.

[12/09/20]   El nuevo fiscal del Condado de Los 脕ngeles ha indicado que las 鈥渟trikes鈥 anteriores, t茅rminos agravantes de armas y pandillas, deben ser desestimadas en casos pendientes y no alegados en casos nuevos.

Pero, si su ser querido fue sentenciado recientemente con alguna de estas circunstancias, comun铆quese conmigo o con cualquier otro abogado de defensa criminal para determinar si su caso es elegible para una petici贸n de revocaci贸n y redenci贸n o cualquier otra reparaci贸n aplicable.

[12/09/20]   The new Los Angeles District Attorney鈥檚 has indicated that prior strike, gun and gang enhancements, are to be dismissed on pending cases and not alleged in new cases.

But, if your loved one was recently sentenced with any of these enhancements, reach out to me or any other criminal defense attorney to determine if their case is eligible for a petition to recall and resentence or any other applicable relief.

12/08/2020

USCIS ha publicado oficialmente un aviso p煤blico de que cumplir谩 con las 贸rdenes judiciales 馃コ para aceptar las solicitudes iniciales de DACA y procesar nuevamente las solicitudes de libertad condicional anticipada para los beneficiarios de daca. Solicite tan pronto como sea posible ya que USCIS "puede
buscar una exenci贸n de la orden".
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USCIS has officially released public notice that it will be complying with court orders 馃コ to accept initial DACA applications and process advance parole applications for daca recipients again! Apply as soon as possible since USCIS 鈥渕ay seek relief from the order.鈥
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[12/08/20]   USCIS publicar谩 un aviso en el Registro Federal de este mi茅rcoles que los EAD (permisos de trabajo) se extender谩n autom谩ticamente hasta el lunes 4 de octubre de 2021 para los titulares de TPS de El Salvador 馃嚫馃嚮, Honduras 馃嚟馃嚦 y Nicaragua 馃嚦馃嚠.

[12/07/20]   USCIS will be publishing a notice in this Wednesday's Federal Register that EADs (work permits) will automatically be extended until Monday, October 4, 2021 for TPS holders from El Salvador 馃嚫馃嚮 , Honduras 馃嚟馃嚦 and Nicaragua 馃嚦馃嚠 .

[12/05/20]   Esto es lo que necesita saber sobre la victoria de DACA hoy.

1. DACA est谩 disponible para solicitantes por primera vez

2. Los permisos de trabajo tendr谩n una vigencia de 2 a帽os en lugar de 1 a帽o

3. La salida condicional avanzada ahora est谩 disponible para los beneficiarios de DACA.

[12/05/20]   Aqui est谩 o que voc锚 precisa saber sobre a vit贸ria de hoje.

1. O DACA est谩 dispon铆vel para candidatos pela primeira vez

2. As autoriza莽玫es de trabalho ser茫o v谩lidas por 2 anos em vez de 1

3. A saida condicional avan莽ada agora est谩 dispon铆vel para destinat谩rios DACA.

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