by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A local man says the attorney he paid skipped two of his hearings. Now he is facing deportation.
A Norcross police officer stopped
Because he does not have a license, procedure is he goes to jail. That triggered the potential deportation process.
He paid an attorney more than $1,000 to represent him. He
Gonzalez spoke to Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh in Spanish. He said he
The Mexican immigrant has lived and worked in metro Atlanta for 13 years. He
Gonzalez showed Kavanaugh the receipt for the
He said he thought it was strange when his attorney didn't show up in court. But his assistant was there and the judge granted a continuance.
The second appearance was supposed to happen last week, May 14. But he says the attorney was the no-show and the judge ordered his deportation. According to his court records, he has until Sept.11 to leave the country on his own.
"In this case there was no justice for Mr. Gonzalez," said Detective Arelis
Kavanaugh called the attorney Thursday. She also visited his Roswell office. The attorney called back and said we didn't have all the details, but that his office has offered Gonzalez a full refund.
However, the money does nothing for immigration status.
"Certainly he paid an attorney. Certainly he's expected to be defended. And if he's not, it concerns me," Rivera said.
The attorney says if Gonzalez waives his attorney client privilege, he will discuss this case in further detail.