Successful Cases

Successful cases are posted for informational purposes only and are not reflective of the outcome of your case. Each case is unique in its own way.

Case Date

2013/08/08

Case Details

Client was denied all relief by the Immigration Court and was ordered removed after the Court determined that the client was convicted of a particularly serious crime and was not eligible for any relief. Attorney Chelico who represented client at trial filed an appeal arguing that the Court made several legal and factual errors in its decision.

Case Results

In an unpublished decision by a panel of three Judges, the Board of Immigration Appeals sustained the appeal on most of the grounds raised by Attorney Chelico including that the client was not convicted of a particularly serious crime, thus reversing the order of removal. The case was remanded to the immigration trial Court. Client no longer has an order of removal and has a new chance to seek relief.

Case Date

2013/04/11

Case Details

Client had an old felony conviction that prevented client from seeking certain opportunities. Client retained Attorney Chelico for representation in reducing his conviction from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Case Results

Attroney Chelico filed and argued the motion for reducing the conviction from a felony to a misdemeanor. After several hearings on certain factual matter, the Court granted the motion and reduced the conviction to a misdemeanor.

Case Date

2013/01/24

Case Details

Client’s immigrant visa petition along with that for his wife and child were denied by the U.S. Embassy overseas on the basis of public charge finding. The Embassy reinstated the denial after additional financial evidence was submitted and after a local Congressman intervened on client’s behalf. After exhausting all pre-litigation remedies to resolve the issue with the Embassy, Attorney Chelico filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Embassy arguing that the denial of the immigrant visa had no legal basis and was in bad faith

Case Results

Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, the U.S. Embassy recalled the client for a new interview, requested additional documents, which were promptly provided under the guidance of Attorney Chelico, and issued the visa for him and his family. Upon issuing the visa, client agreed to dismiss lawsuit against the Embassy.

Case Date

2012/17/12

Case Details

Client waiver of inadmissibility on the basis of unlawful presence was denied by the U.S. Embassy abroad. Attorney Chelico who represented client in the waiver application filed an appeal with the Administrative Appeals Unit arguing that the denial of the waiver was wrongful and should be reversed.

Case Results

In a detailed opinion, the Administrative Appeals Unit reversed the denial of the waiver of inadmissibility and ordered that the waiver is approved. Client can now enjoy the benefit of becoming a lawful permanent resident of the United States.

Case Date

2012/06/01

Case Details

Client was charged with multiple felony counts for which an arrest warrant was issued and Client was being sought by law enforcement. Client was concerned about the outstanding criminal charges because Client faced a potential prison sentence of several years as well as the possibility of detention and deportation by ICE. Client retained attorney Chelico for representation in the criminal and immigration matters after consulting several other attorneys.

Case Results

After attorney Chelico represented Client at arraingment; several pre-preliminary hearings and negotiations with the DA’s office, ALL felony charges against Client were dimissed and Client pleaded to a minor misdemeanor offense for which the imposed jail time was one day.

Subsequently, attorney Chelico represented Client in the immigration matter and Client became a legal resident of the U.S.

Case Date

2011/01/04

Case Details

Client was a victim of domestic violence in a foreign country and came to the U.S. to seek protection.  Client contacted other attorneys in regards to Client’s situation and was informed that the facts of Client’s case were insufficient for a grant of asylum.  Client contacted Attorney Chelico for representation.

Case Results

After Attorney Chelico was retained, he reviewed the facts of the case and the law and determined that Client’s circumstances constituted persecution under a newly recognized area of law.  Attorney Chelico represented Client in an asylum application in which Client indicated the actual circumstances of the case.

Within less than 45 days from the filing of the application, Client’s application was approved and Client was granted asylum status in the U.S.

Case Date

2010/12/01

Case Details

Client was arrested on an alleged charge of battery on a spouse for which a criminal complaint was filed.  Client was represented by the public defender’s office and pleaded to the charge in the complaint.  The offense carried a maximum sentence of one year in county jail.  Subsequently, Client realized the possible devastating immigration consequences of the plea.  Client contacted other attorneys in an attempt to attack the conviction and was informed by some that they could not assist him.  Client contacted and retained Attorney Chelico for representation.

Case Results

After Attorney Chelico was retained, he conducted a thorough and extensive investigation of the case and determined that Client received ineffective assistance of counsel and that the plea was not knowing or willful.  Attorney Chelico filed a motion to vacate the conviction.

At the second hearing on the motion, the District Attorney’s Office agreed that the motion had merits and the Court vacated and dismissed the conviction for battery on a spouse.  Client pleaded to an alternate minor offense that did not involve a battery on a spouse and that carried a maximum sentence of 90 days.

Case Date

2010/10/01

Case Details

Client was placed in removal proceedings after an alleged a traffic stop during which Client was allegedly coerced in making an admission concerning alleged unlawful presence.  Client was arrested and placed in removal proceedings and a high bond was placed.  Client contacted Attorney Chelico after being informed by other attorney that the legal option was to leave the country.

Case Results

After Client retained Attorney Chelico for representation, removal proceedings were dismissed without prejduice.  Client will no longer have to go court and was recently approved for employment authorization.  Client’s high bond amount was returned.

Case Date

2010/06/01

Case Details

Client, who was a long time lawful permanent resident, was detained by ICE and placed in removal proceedings due to a drug-related conviction.  Client had other convictions as well.  Client retained attorney Chelico who filed an application for relief on behalf of Client.

Case Results

Cancellation of removal was granted and Client was released from detention after the case was approved by the court.  The government did not oppose relief and agreed to give Client a second chance.

Case Date

2010/04/01

Case Details

Client was the subject of a criminal investigation concerning alleged child abuse charges.  A similar claim was made against Client in a civil proceeding.  The criminal and civil allegations were confronting Client at the same time and threatend to compromise Client’s freedom and employment.  Client retained attroney Chelico for representation.

Case Results

Attorney Chelico represented Client first in the civil proceeding.  Attroney Chelico objected to the introduction of any evidence in the civil proceeding on hearsay grounds.  The court sustained the objection.

After the civil proceedings concluded in favor of Client, Attorney Chelico vigorously represented Client before the investigating law enforecement agency and disputed the allegations labeling them as frivilous and retaliatory.  After the investigating agence completed its review, criminal charges were rejected.