Criminal convictions can have major consequences on your immigration case!
If you are not yet a U. S. citizen, being convicted of certain crimes or multiple crimes can prevent you from becoming a lawful permanent resident, a U.S. citizen, or it may even place you in Removal (deportation) proceedings. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, it is very important to tell your defense attorney the truth about your immigration status and have them consult with an immigration attorney before they enter into plea negotiations with the District Attorney.
Over the course of my 20 years in practice, I have worked with many criminal defense lawyers in assisting to reduce their clients’ charge to a crime which would not affect their immigration status. I have provided many expert opinion letters which have been successfully used in plea negotiations and lead to clients avoiding conviction of crimes which would have sever immigration consequences for them. In the expert opinion letter, I conduct a full case evaluation of the individual’s immigration status together with all the consequences the current charge will have for the individual. My experience has been that the DA is open to considering the information I provide related the person’s immigration status and are willing to work with the defense attorney.
My advice to you is to consult with an immigration attorney in the event that you have been charged with a criminal offense, no matter the degree of seriousness of the charge. Once you have plead to an offense, there is no turning back. Sometimes an admission alone is sufficient for immigration purposes and there need not be an actual conviction. So don’t wait!! Call for a full case evaluation of the consequences of your charge as it relates to your immigration status.
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