Criminal Defense Immigration Lawyer in Philadelphia
Criminal misconduct committed by non citizens may result in removal from the United States. The only persons who can feel secure that they will not be removed are United States citizens. Any other status, whether visitor, overstay, entry without inspection or legal permanent resident may result in removal if convicted of certain crimes.
Both misdemeanors and felonies can subject a person to removal or deportation. Although you may not have a "conviction" resulting from your municipal or state charge, you may nevertheless have a "conviction" for immigration purposes. Once your crime comes to the attention of the immigration authorities, you may then be placed in removal proceedings.
The harshest penalties are reserved for a category of crimes known as "aggravated felonies." Examples include: murder, rape, drug trafficking, money laundering, arson, crimes of violence for which the term of imprisonment imposed is at least 1 year, theft offenses, bribery, counterfeiting, forgery and perjury. Certain other crimes, even if not considered aggravated felonies, may subject you to removal from the United States. This may be the case even if the crime is committed outside of this country.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer often comes as a surprise to those who are not represented. A common story is that of a foreign national who takes what appears to be a good plea deal on a minor conviction, that by virtue of a technicality, allows the Department of Homeland Security to detain that person after they have served their sentence. The foreign national thinks they are going home after release, when in fact they are going to immigration prison.
Once a Notice to Appear has been issued, which is the charging document in removal cases, it is vital that you reach out to an attorney. Depending on your status, the nature of your offense, and your ties to the United States, our attorneys may be able to mount a defense that allows you to stay here, and even get status. If you are not a U.S. Citizen, and you face criminal charges or have criminal convictions, our Philadelphia immigration lawyers can help you. Removal cases based on convictions are serious matters, and you should always be represented by an attorney.
Our Philadelphia immigration attorneys can advise you of the immigration consequences of any conviction or criminal charges lodged that may have been against you or a loved one. We can represent you and fight to help you attempt to avoid removal or deportation.
Don't be fooled into thinking that because you have your green card, you can't be removed from the United States. Contact our Philadelphia immigration attorneys online, or call 215-437-3058 ( Philadelphia Immigration Lawyer ) or 609-257-4976 in New Jersey to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.