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Criminal Defense

Traffic Ticket Defense


Leonardo A. Monterrey

Cristina S. Monterrey

Mirella R. Gallardo

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Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Here is some helpful information that clients frequently inquire about.

Why is Monterrey Law Firm the best choice for you?

Our attorneys understand what it takes to put together a step-by-step, results-driven plan.  We recognize that your case is unique and it will take the right amount of knowledge and expertise to come up with the best strategy.

We also possess the knowledge and experience to deal with the government and its agencies.  Our 20+ years of combined experience helps put you in the best possible position for success. We want to help ease your anxieties and your fear of the unknown by guiding you every step of the way and helping you reach your goal. We have helped hundreds of other families navigate the legal system and we are ready to help you through the challenges ahead. 

What can you expect from your experience with Monterrey Law Firm?

When you are represented by our legal team, you receive:

  1. A step-by-step process that provides you with a solution to your legal issue(s).
  2. Skilled, knowledgeable and experienced attorneys.
  3. Comfortable and affordable payment plans that allow you to receive the best legal representation.

How can Monterrey Law Firm help make your life better?

When you are facing the U.S. or state government, you need all the help you can get. Our attorneys develop a step-by-step plan that will help optimize your outcome. As you face the challenges unique to your specific case, Monterrey Law Firm will guide you every step of the way. We do not believe in cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all solutions – we will always cater to your specific needs while vigorously advocating for you. Our goal is to get your life back for you and allow you to move forward.

What types of cases does Monterrey Law Firm handle?

Our attorneys handle a variety of cases that fall into three areas of practice:

  • Immigration Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Traffic Ticket Defense

We do not handle cases that fall outside these three categories.

Why does Monterrey Law Firm only focus on immigration law, criminal defense, and traffic ticket defense?

Monterrey Law Firm has never sought to be a “jack of all trades but master of none.” Instead, we have limited our areas of practice which has allowed us to not only hone our experience and skill, but also provide clients like you with the best representation money can buy.

Why is it so important to have an experienced, skilled immigration lawyer?

An immigration case is never just about filling out applications. Many people wrongly believe that they can handle the complexity of their own immigration case. Don’t make the same mistakes:

  1. Telling United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) that you intend to adjust status instead of consular processing. This mistake will cost you money because you will need to file an additional application notifying USCIS to transfer your case to the National Visa Center (NVC).
  2. Not sending enough evidence to show you entered a marriage in good faith.
  3. Not sending all the necessary information and documents to USCIS, the NVC, or the Department of State (DOS).
  4. Selecting the wrong basis to qualify for adjustment of status.
  5. Mailing in an immigration packet without past criminal history. If you have a prior arrest and/or conviction, it’s very important to determine if that arrest or conviction has immigration consequences. Certain convictions can make you ineligible for the immigration benefit you are seeking, resulting in your application being denied and you being put into removal (deportation) proceedings.

It is important that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney. Invest your money on a legal team that will get you results. Contact us today!

How can you find out how your case is going and where can you find this information?

For cases filed with USCIS, you can check the status of your case at any time through: Case Status Online – Case Status Search (uscis.gov). You will need the receipt number for your application, which is located in the upper left corner of the receipt notice you received when your application was filed.

For cases filed with the NVC/DOS, you can check the status of your case at any time through: Immigrant Visa – Sign In (state.gov). You will need your Case Number and Invoice ID Number, which were included in the documents emailed or mailed by the NVC.