We work closely with criminal defense attorneys to minimize adverse immigration consequences in a client’s case. Even a conviction for a seemingly minor criminal offense may have severe immigration consequences, whether a person is an illegal immigrant or a lawful permanent resident of the United States.
Generally, in order to subject a person to removal from the United States a crime must fall under one of the following two categories: a crime involving moral turpitude (“CIMT”) or an aggravated felony, including firearm and drug-related offenses. But even minor offenses and misdemeanors may make a person ineligible to certain immigration benefits and result in deportation. In making that determination the nature of the conviction should be considered along with other factors, such as the maximum and minimum possible sentence, the actually imposed sentence, and the mechanics of the plea process, if applicable.
It is crucial for your immigration status and any future proceedings, that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney at an early stage of your criminal case. It is even more important that your criminal defense is handled by an attorney well versed in the area of immigration law or that you have an experienced immigration attorney by your side, as a part of your defense team.
No matter how simple or complication your situation might be, we will work on your matter with diligence and devotion. We will be here for you to answer your questions and guide you step-by-step along the process.