Ever since graduating in the top 3% of her law school class, Las Vegas Defense Group immigration and criminal defense attorney Amber Fuhriman has devoted the bulk of her career to foreign clients. She is the rare lawyer who understands the complex interplay between immigration and criminal law, and she knows how to defend her alien clients in a way that maximizes their chances of staying in the U.S.
As a criminal defense attorney, Amber is experienced in defending against a wide array of criminal offenses ranging from DUI and battery domestic violence to robbery and possession of child pornography. As an immigration attorney, she has succeeded in safeguarding her clients' status, allowing them to remain in the U.S. She has also proven herself as an appellate attorney, having twice represented clients in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Additionally, she scored victories on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Amber earned her juris doctor with Magna Cum Laude honors from Lansing, Michigan's Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2013. While a student, she won two certificate of merit awards for highest grades in professional responsibility and death penalty law. She was also an accomplished member of Cooley's Moot Court and Mock Trial teams, which foreshadowed her current command of courtroom advocacy.
While still a law student, Amber cut her teeth in criminal defense as a law clerk with the Washtenaw County Public Defender's Office in Ann Arbor Michigan. She then continued honing her prosecutor-battling skills as a law clerk with the Clark County Public Defender's Office in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Amber is licensed to practice law in both state and federal court in Nevada as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Board of Immigration Appeals. An Idaho native, she earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Idaho State University in 2009. A member of the American Immigrant Lawyers Association, Amber has also represented clients in personal injury and family law matters.
Sample Case Results
In the Matter of I.S.
Date: April, 2017
Description: Our client came to Amber with a criminal history within the statutory period of time. This means that the USCIS had the right to deny him citizenship and make him wait another year to reapply for citizenship. Our client also faced a charge of cocaine possession with intent to sell, which Amber pleaded down to the non-deportable offense of possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana. Our client just received his Oath Ceremony letter and may naturalize immediately.
Outcome: CITIZENSHIP GRANTED.
In the Matter of S.T.
Date: March, 2017
Description: Our Indonesian client had a green card and came to Las Vegas Defense Group seeking U.S. citizenship. Amber walked her through the naturalization application and interview process, and she was just granted citizenship.
Outcome: CITIZENSHIP GRANTED.
In the Matter of L.O. and N.T.
Date: February, 2017
Description: Our clients--a mother and daughter from Columbia--were seeking permanent residency in the U.S. The mother had married a U.S. citizen, so her husband petitioned for the mother as a spouse and for the daughter as a step-father. The petition was successful, and the mother and daughter now have their green cards and are legal permanent residents.
Outcome: GREEN CARDS GRANTED; PERMANENT LEGAL RESIDENCY OBTAINED.
Date: November, 2016
Description: Our client--a lawful permanent resident--was placed in removal proceedings in Hawaii. Amber Fuhriman drafted a motion to terminate removal on the basis that our client was wrongly placed in removal proceedings. The judge granted the motion, and our client may keep his green card and will not be subject to deportation.
Outcome: MOTION TO TERMINATE REMOVAL GRANTED; GREEN CARD RETAINED.
Date: October, 2016
Description: Under attorney supervision, Las Vegas Defense Group paralegal Karina Barrett achieved the first approval notice for a Fiancée Petition for a client who is attempting to immigrate his wife to the U.S. from the Philippines. Karina worked very diligently with the clients to procure the appropriate evidence, and amazingly she got the petition approved without an interview.
Outcome: FIRST APPROVAL NOTICE FOR A FIANCEE PETITION; NO INTERVIEW REQUIRED.
State of Nevada v. D. L.
Date: August 12, 2016
Description: Amber negotiated the reckless driving charge down to a two-point traffic ticket in exchange for our client paying a small fine and doing traffic school.
Outcome: RECKLESS DRIVING CHARGE REDUCED.
City of Las Vegas v. D. L.
Date: August 12, 2016
Description: Our client was charged with breach of peace following a drunken argument on Fremont Street. Amber negotiated a deal where our client got the entire case dismissed once he successfully avoided further arrests for one year and avoided going to the Fremont Street area.
Outcome: BREACH OF PEACE CHARGE DISMISSED.
City of Las Vegas v. N. A.
Date: July 18, 2016
Description: Our non-citizen client was accused of shoplifting, which threatened his resident status. Amber negotiated a deal where the entire case was dismissed in exchange for our client paying a small fine, taking a class, and avoiding further criminal activity for 6 months. Our client was able to remain in the U.S.
Outcome: PETTY LARCENY CHARGE DISMISSED.
City of Las Vegas v. K. M.
Date: June 23, 2016
Description: After a fight, our client was charged with obstruction of a peace officer and disturbing the peace. Amber negotiated a deal where the court dismissed both misdemeanors in exchange for a small fine and a six-month stay-out-of-trouble order.
Outcome: OBSTRUCTION AND BREACH OF PEACE DISMISSED.
State of NV v. J. R.
Date: June 15, 2016
Description: Our client allegedly fought with security at a club. Amber negotiated a deal where the battery charge was reduced to the minor misdemeanor of disorderly conduct in exchange for a fine and stay-out-of-trouble order.
Outcome: BATTERY REDUCED TO DISORDERLY CONDUCT.
State of NV v. V. C.
Date: June 15, 2016
Description: Our client was caught in a fight while out one night in Las Vegas. Amber negotiated a deal where the battery charges were reduced to the misdemeanor of disorderly conduct in exchange for our client paying a fine, taking an impulse control class, and abiding by a stay-out-of-trouble order.
Outcome: TWO BATTERY CHARGES REDUCED TO ONE DISORDERLY CONDUCT.
State of NV v. D. B.
Date: June 15, 2016
Description: Our client's ex-girlfriend accused him of battering her. At trial, Amber explained to the judge that the ex-girlfriend was the one who started it, and that our client was merely defending himself. The judge agreed there was no evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that our client was the initial aggressor, and our client was acquitted.
Outcome: NOT GUILTY VERDICT FOR BATTERY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
State of NV v. B. P.
Date: June 7, 2016
Description: Amber convinced the D.A. to lessen our client's misdemeanor DUI charge to the more minor misdemeanor of reckless driving in exchange for our client completing the DUI minimum penalties of a fine, DUI school, Coroner's DUI school, Victim Impact Panel, and a stay-out-a-trouble order.
Outcome: DUI REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING.
In the Matter of J.R.
Date: April, 2016
Description: Our client--a lawful permanent resident--was serving a three-year probationary term in Nevada for pleading to "statutory sexual seduction" with the possibility of the charge getting lessened to "conspiracy to commit a crime" after probation. While he was serving probation, ICE arrested him for having taken a plea to "statutory sexual seduction," which is a deportable offense in Nevada. Amber filed a motion requesting that our client be released from probation early. Over State objection, the court gave our client early termination of probation and allowed him to change his "statutory sexual seduction" plea to the reduced crime of "conspiracy to commit a crime." Later, Amber appeared with our client in Immigration Court and proffered that he was no longer deportable because he was never found guilty of "statutory sexual seduction" but rather "conspiracy to commit a crime." The judge agreed with Amber's argument, terminated removal, and the client was released from custody the same day. Had Amber neglected to ask for an early termination of probation, it is probable our client would have been deported. He is currently a Lawful Permanent Resident and will be eligible to naturalize in 2018.
Outcome: REMOVAL PROCEEDING STOPPED; CLIENT MAINTAINS LAWFUL RESIDENT STATUS
State of NV v. I. A.
Date: March 28, 2016
Description: Our client was charged with DUI. When Amber investigated the case, she discovered that the police obtained a warrant for our client's brother, not our client, but proceeded to draw our client's blood anyway in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Amber filed a motion with the court to disregard the blood evidence, and the judge granted the motion. Left with no evidence upon which to hinge a conviction, the D.A. dropped the charges. Our client walked away with no conviction and no requirements.
Outcome: DUI CHARGE DISMISSED.
State of NV v. J. M.
Date: March 26, 2016
Description: Our client was charged with assault following an allegedly intoxication-fueled fight with hotel security. Amber negotiated a full dismissal of the charge in exchange for our client paying a fine.
Outcome: ASSAULT CHARGE DISMISSED.
State of NV v. J. R.
Date: March 15, 2016
Description: Our client, a lawful permanent resident, was on probation that was set to last three years. He had pleaded to the Nevada crime of statutory sexual seduction with the possibility of it being reduced to "conspiracy to commit a crime" following probation. When ICE arrested him and tried to deport him for having pleaded to a child sex crime, Amber asked the criminal court judge for early termination of probation. Over State objection, the court granted early termination of probation. This allowed our client to have his plea reduced from "statutory sexual seduction" to the lesser offense of "conspiracy to commit a crime". This, in turn, allowed him to avoid being deported, to maintain his lawful resident status, and to remain eligible to become a U.S. citizen.
Outcome: EARLY TERMINATION OF PROBATION GRANTED.
State of NV v. J. N.
Date: February 28, 2016
Description: Our client passed another car in an effort to avoid an accident, but the police misconstrued the situation and slapped him with a reckless driving citation. Amber was able to get the prosecutor to reduce the charge down to a regular speeding ticket that added only two points to his license (and those points disappear after twelve months have passed).
Outcome: RECKLESS DRIVING REDUCED TO 2 POINT SPEEDING TICKET.
In the Matter of A.L.
Date: February, 2016
Description: Our Canadian client was prosecuted with some offenses while visiting the U.S., and the client allegedly overstayed the visa as well. The DHS (Department of Homeland Security) started removal proceedings to have the client deported. (Deportations carry a 10 year bar from coming back to the U.S.) At a hearing in immigration court, Amber Fuhriman requested that the judge grant our client a "voluntary departure" rather than deportation. (People who exit the U.S. via a "voluntary departure" do not have to wait to come back to the U.S. for a visit, to apply for a Visa, or to commence immigration proceedings.) The government took issue with Amber's request, but the judge took our client's side and granted our client a voluntary departure instead of deportation. Our client was very happy since this allowed the client to be released from jail and return home to Canada right away.
Outcome: REMOVAL PROCEEDING; VOLUNTARY DEPARTURE GRANTED INSTEAD
State of NV v. Trent B.
Date: October 22, 2015
Description: Our client was charged with the Nevada felony of drug trafficking. Amber negotiated a plea deal where he will be convicted of only a gross misdemeanor drug offense.
Outcome: FELONY REDUCED TO GROSS MISDEMEANOR.
State of NV v. James G.
Date: October 16, 2015
Description: Our client faced life in prison for the Nevada felony of rape. At the 11th hour during trial, Amber helped achieve a plea deal that would ultimately end with our client doing only six months of time and having only a gross misdemeanor conviction.
Outcome: FELONY CONVICTION TO BE REDUCED TO GROSS MISDEMEANOR.