Criminal Convictions and Immigration
Understanding the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction
If you are an immigrant and have been charged with a crime, it is extremely important that you seek the advice of a New York Immigration Attorney. As an immigrant, not only you face fines and jail time, but also removal from the United States.
A criminal conviction for a crime or moral turpitude or an aggravated felony will likely trigger deportation proceedings against you. These crimes include, but are not limited to:
- False statements to law enforcement or federal agent
- Possession of CDS with intent to distribute
- Unlawful possession of a weapon
- Aggravated assault
- Domestic violence
If you are a lawful permanent resident, a criminal conviction could trigger removal proceedings against you or prevent you from ever becoming a naturalized U.S. Citizen. If you are illegal in the U.S., a conviction could prevent you from ever obtaining a Green Card.
Before accepting your guilty plea, the criminal court judge will warn you that your conviction could result in you being deported from the United States. Even if your defense lawyer did not advise you of the consequences of your guilty plea on your immigration status, it could be very hard to later reopen or vacate the criminal case.
Consult with a Criminal Immigration Lawyer
Before pleading guilty to any crime, you need to speak to consult with an Immigration Attorney in New York with experience in defending immigrants charged with a crime. In my practice, I regularly advise Criminal Defense Lawyers representing immigrants. In most cases, it is possible to negotiate a guilty plea to an offense that will not affect a defendant's immigration status.
a New York Criminal Immigration Lawyer if you have been charged with a crime