What We Do

 

At Contreras Edin & Associates, we find that Immigration often goes hand in hand with Family and Criminal cases. Fortunately, our attorneys specialize in all three.

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Immigration

We have focused on immigration law since the firm was founded in 2009.  Our experienced law office handles many different types of family based immigration cases.

 

Family

We take select family law cases in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. With a focus on empathy and compassion, our firm is motivated to help you and your family.

 

Criminal

Our legal team is available to help individuals with a wide range of independent criminal cases.


 


Immigration Law


Contreras Edin & Associates, P.A. has focused on immigration law since the firm was founded in 2009.  Our law office handles many different types of family based immigration cases as described below.  It may be difficult to identify the issue in your case without the help of a lawyer.  Please consider the brief descriptions of some of the matters that our office regularly handles as merely a starting point.   If you think that you may have an immigration matter or merely want to consult with a lawyer to evaluate your case for possible remedies, please contact our office.


Appeals

Our office can assist you with most immigration appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) or the federal courts.  This may involve an appeal after a final decision by an immigration judge ordering you removed from the country or it may involve appealing the denial of an application submitted to the United States and Citizenship Services (USCIS).  If you have an immigration matter that you think may need to be appealed, please contact our office for additional information.


Citizenship & Naturalization

Our office assists clients in the process of becoming United States Citizens.  If you are currently a legal permanent resident and are hoping to naturalize, our law office can help you with this process and prepare you for your interview with the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS).  If you think you may be eligible for citizenship or naturalization, please contact our office for additional information.


Deportation & Removal Defense

Our office helps clients who are in deportation or removal proceedings at the Office of Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), also known as “Immigration Court.”  There are many remedies available for clients who are in removal proceedings, including Cancellation of Removal, Asylum, and Adjustments in Proceedings.  Our skilled legal team is available to help you throughout your entire process, which can typically being with requesting a bond reduction in your case.  If you have been served with a Notice to Appear or you have a loved one who is currently detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), please contact our office for additional information.


Family Immigration

Contreras Edin & Associates, P.A. is a law office that is focuses on keeping families united, which includes many family based immigration processes.  Family based immigration is often one of the most misunderstood immigration processes that exist.  One of the most basic requirements is a legal relationship to someone who is in the United States as a Legal Permanent Resident or a United States Citizen, but there are many other requirements to consider prior to filing a petition for a family member.   If you are interested in filing a family petition for a family member, please contact our office for additional information. 


Humanitarian Relief

Our office helps clients seeking relief on humanitarian grounds.  This relief may include a U Nonimmigrant Visa (U-Visa) for individuals who have been victims of a significant crime and cooperated with the police, Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for individuals from countries previously recognized in need for protection, or Asylum for individuals who have a fear of violence or persecution if they are forced to return to their home country.  There are many options for individuals under humanitarian relief, so if you think you may need to seek humanitarian relief, please contact our office for additional information.


Miscellaneous

It may be difficult to fit your case into a specific category, but that does not mean that there is no relief available for you.  For example, our law office assists individuals who are seeking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  DACA is available for individuals who came to the United States as children and are enrolled in school or have graduated from high school, among other specified requirements. Our office also helps individuals who are eligible for Adjustment of Status after having received U-Visa Status, Special Juvenile Immigrant Status Petitions, B2 Tourist Visas, work permit renewals, and Freedom of Information Act Requests.   There are many different remedies available, so please contact our office if you would like to have your case evaluated for possible remedies that may be available to you.


Family Law


Contreras Edin & Associates, P.A. takes select family law cases in the twin cities, metro area.  If you have a question about whether our office can assist your family case, please contact our office.


Child in Need of Protective Services

Our office can also assist you in the defense of a CHIPS (Child in Need of Protective Services) action or when it has been determined that your child is in need of protective services.  If the State of Minnesota has initiated CHIPS proceedings and you would like to bring a defense against these allegations, please contact our office for a consultation with an attorney.


Select Guardianship Cases

The office handles select guardianship cases handled in probate court.  If you would like to seek guardianship over a minor child, please contact our office for additional information.


Simple Divorces

Our office also assists with simple divorce cases.  A simple divorce usually is one that is not contested, where there are no child custody issues, and where there is minimal or no property to be divided.  If you think our law office can assist you with your divorce, please contact our office directly.

 
Simple International Divorces

The office can handle simple international divorce cases.  A simple international divorce case is one that is generally not contested, where there no child custody issues and where one of the parties lives abroad.  If you are interested in seeking an international divorce, please contact our office.


Stepparent Adoption

The office can assist with adoptions by a stepparent.  A stepparent adoption takes place after the legal parent is married to someone who is not the child’s biological parent, but would like to adopt the child.  There are many reasons why someone may want to legally adopt their stepchild. If you think you may need help with a stepparent adoption, please contact our office.


Termination of Parental Rights

Contreras Edin & Associates, P.A. can also assist you in terminating the parental rights of a biological parent who has abandoned the child.  The situation most often comes-up when attempting to have your child adopted by another person who is not the parent, such as a stepparent.  If you are interested in more information regarding termination of parental rights, please contact our office.


Criminal Law


The law office of Contreras Edin & Associates, P.A. handles many different kinds of criminal matters in the metro, and twin cities area.  Many times a criminal matter may trigger an immigration matter.  Our skilled legal team is available to help individuals who face independent criminal cases and those that involve an immigration matter.  If you have a question about a criminal case, please contact our office.


Adult Felony Charges

The law office handles select adult felony charges.  Our attorneys have handled the following types of cases: domestic strangulation, home invasion, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault on a police officer, fleeing and eluding police, aggravated robbery, possession with intent to distribute, sale of controlled substances, aggravated driving while intoxicated, criminal sexual assault, prostitution, child pornography, promotion of prostitution, welfare fraud, and identity theft, among others.  If you have been charged with a felony and would like our assistance in defending a felony charge, please contact our office.


Challenges to Constitutional Violations

The law office can also assist you in challenging a constitutional violation.  Typically these situations arise when the police act outside of their authority stops, arrests, and seizing evidence and what they discover leads to a criminal prosecution. If you think you were the victim of a constitutional violation, please contact our office for additional information.


Expungements

Our office can also assist you in an expungement case.  An expungement is a method that is used to remove certain information including arrests, charges, and convictions from your criminal history.  However, not all charges and convictions are eligible for expungement.  If you are interested in finding out if your conviction may be eligible for an expungement, please contact our office.


FBI Criminal Background Checks

Our office can also assist in obtaining an FBI Criminal Background Check.  This may be a necessary part of your immigration case or you may want the records for another purpose.  If you need to obtain a copy of your FBI criminal background, please contact our office.


Juvenile Felony and Misdemeanor Charges

The law office handles in juvenile felony and misdemeanor cases.  Juvenile may be charged with any crime that an adult may be charged with, but the process and consequences are significantly different.  If you or your child has been charged with a felony or misdemeanor matter in juvenile court please contact our office for additional information.


Misdemeanor and Gross Misdemeanor Charges

Contreras Edin & Associates, P.A. also handles many misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor charges including driving offenses, driving while intoxicated, domestic assault, violations of orders for protection, theft, shoplifting, and disorderly conduct, among others.  If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor and would like assistance, please contact our office.


Post-Conviction Relief

Our law office can assist you if you need to seek post-conviction relief.  Post-conviction relief includes requests made to a court after you have already been convicted of a criminal charge.  You may have reason to believe that your constitutional rights were violated in the manner in which you were convicted or that some other serious error occurred.  In some cases these types of violations and errors could lead to your conviction being vacated and a new trial ordered.  Post-conviction relief is also available where you were not correctly and completely informed of the immigration consequences of your plea of guilty in a criminal matter.  If you believe that you may need help with post-conviction relief, please contact our office for additional information.


Probation Violations

Contreras Edin & Associates, P.A. may be able to assist you with defending yourself against charges stemming from an alleged probation violation.  Probation violation hearings involve a lower standard of proof than the conviction on the underlying charge and can lead to a new and more sever sentence on the underlying charge if you are found to have violated your probation. If you are being charged with probation violation and would like our help, please contact our office.


Traffic Offenses

The law office can also assist you if you have a traffic violation that you would like to contest.  Many times traffic violations can be easily resolved, so if you are in need of contesting a traffic violation, please contact our office.