Did you know that the Las Vegas Defense Group does immigration law?
Meet Amber Fuhriman, an experienced immigration and criminal attorney who practices out of our Las Vegas office.
About Amber Fuhriman
Amber earned her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing Michigan after studying Political Science in Idaho. But it was only after her father was killed in a construction accident that she decided to become a lawyer.
Two people were killed and seven injured in the incident. Suing the state and fighting against the system that was rigged against the works gave Amber both comfort and a passion for fighting for those without a voice.
“My life experience has allowed me to see things from the defendant's or immigrant's point-of-view and to show circumstances that aren't as black-and- white as the prosecutor would like them to appear,” Amber says.
Immigration Cases We Handle
Amber and the other lawyers at the Las Vegas Defense Group handle all types of immigration cases, including:
- Removal (deportation) proceedings,
- Immigration appeals,
- Immigration bond hearings,
- Family based adjustment of status,
- Padilla opinions,
- Cancellation of removal for permanent residents, non-permanent residents and
- battered spouses,
- Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA),
- Inadmissibility Waivers,
- Post-conviction relief in state and federal court,
- Other federal cases under the All Writs Act,
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,
- Visa petitions, and
- Asylum and other relief for victims of persecution, torture and domestic violence,
- including U.N. Cat Protection, VAWA petitions and “U” visas.
Amber works closely with our criminal and family lawyers to make sure that our non-resident clients don't inadvertently end up with a criminal record or a record of domestic violence that might get them deported.
She also has excellent relationships with the prosecutors in the Clark County District Attorney’s office and can often help us negotiate a plea deal to keep our clients from a conviction that would make them deportable.
What's New in Immigration Law
As most people know, the United States Supreme Court has recently upheld part of the Trump Administration's travel ban. Now citizens of six mainly Muslim countries -- as well as all refugees -- can only enter the U.S. if they have a credible claim of a "bona fide relationship" with someone here. The affected countries are Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
Immigration News from Nevada
One of the most interesting battles we are fighting at the Las Vegas Defense Group is in the area of drug convictions. Under federal law, drug trafficking is a deportable offense – and pretty much every drug listed on a federal drug schedule counts.
But there are some drugs that are illegal under Nevada law but not listed on any federal drug schedule. What is more, in Nevada, a defendant can be found (or plead) guilty to possessing an illegal substance generally. The defendant does not have to admit to having a specific substance and in a jury trial the jury does not have to determine it.
This means – in theory – the defendant's conviction could have been based on one of the drugs that is illegal in Nevada but not on a federal schedule… in which case, it is not a deportable offense.
Recent case holdings from both the U.S. Supreme Court (Mellouli v. Lynch) and the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit suggest that immigration authorities will follow this approach, making it very hard to deport someone for a drug crime. But at present, this is still an open area and one we are following (and fighting) closely.