Criminal charges can have a severe impact on the rest of your life. If you’re an immigrant living in the United States and you’ve been charged with a crime, the situation is even more sensitive. Whatever the crime may be, it is important that you take the proper steps in order to move on from the situation as quickly as possible and with minimal consequences.
It is important to talk to a defense attorney before making any statements to law enforcement officials. An attorney understands the interworking of more laws more than the average person. Furthermore, a non-citizen should also hire a defense attorney familiar with immigration law. Depending on the severity of the crime, it is possible that as an immigrant, your visa could be revoked, citizenship taken away, or face possible deportation. With your livelihood at stake, it is all the more important to have a professional by your side that understands the legal system.
There a few ways in which you can avoid deportation. The first being to avoid deportable conviction in criminal court. Secondly, go through the process to obtain post-conviction relief. Lastly, to obtain some form of relief from deportation in immigration court.
The legality of criminal charges can be tricky and even more so as an immigrant. That is why it is helpful to work with an attorney as we understand the system and have experience with immigrant cases similar to your own.