If you are a legal immigrant and have obtained your green card, or if you have non-immigrant status, you could be in danger of being removed from the country (deported) if convicted of a criminal act. If an immigrant is charged with having committed a crime, you need to immediately contact our New York criminal immigration law firm. We will work hand in hand with criminal defense attorneys to advise you of the best legal and immigration options. We are knowledgeable and experienced and understand the serious impact even relatively minor criminal charges can have on your immigration status. As prominent New York criminal immigration lawyers, our goal is to protect the immigration status and rights of our clients. Every client and every case is unique and we provide the best possible individualized solutions to each and every client.
Working with Your Criminal Defense Attorney
It is essential for a criminal immigration attorney to work closely with a criminal defense attorney because the best solution in a criminal case may result in a more severe immigration-related penalty. For example, if your criminal defense attorney is not fully aware and understands your immigration status, he/she may recommend that you accept a plea agreement to a lesser charge or prevent or lessen jail time, but unknowingly result in deportation proceedings commencing against you. It might be in your best interest to reject a plea agreement when it comes to protecting your immigration status. Only a comprehensive defense strategy can provide you an overall legal solution.
Criminal deportation can be the result if you are convicted of or plead guilty to a crime involving moral turpitude. Crimes of moral turpitude are based on the current moral standards in the United States. US Federal Regulations define "Moral Turpitude" as " any act performed which is contrary to justice, honesty, principle, or good morals, or an act of baseness, vileness, or depravity in the private and social duties which a person owes to his or her fellow citizens or to society in general, whether or not it is punishable as a crime."
Another way criminal deportation can result from a criminal conviction is if you are convicted of an aggravated felony. Aggravated felonies include murder, rape, sexual abuse of a minor, money laundering, drug trafficking, and burglary. If you are charged with any of the crimes above you need to hire not only a criminal defense attorney but also a criminal immigration attorney.
If you are faced with deportation and removal proceedings as a result of an arrest and a criminal conviction our New York criminal immigration lawyers can work for you to protect your hard-earned immigration status. Our attorneys have expertise in providing a comprehensive assessment of your options and our services cover the entire spectrum of immigration law. We have provided immigration legal services to clients in all 50 states of the United States of America.