Immigration into the United States is an arduous process. You face extensive
application proceedings, interviews with disinterested bureaucrats, and
unforeseen complications as you attempt to make your home in this country.
If you are charged with a crime, however, immigrating or maintaining your
immigration status in the U.S. becomes even more difficult.
How a Criminal Charge or Conviction Can Affect Your Immigration Status
For an immigrant, the consequences of a criminal charge or conviction are
severe. Even if you are considered a lawful permanent resident, you may
be denied naturalization or face deportation if you are found guilty of
a criminal offense.
If you were charged with or convicted of a crime, it is in your best interest
to seek legal representation from an experienced
criminal defense lawyer. If you are planning on traveling, applying for naturalization
or for a green card, or renewing your green card or visa, avoid doing
so until you speak with an attorney.
The following are examples of how a criminal defense attorney can help you:
If you enter a guilty plea in your case, you are subject to face severe consequences, such as imprisonment, deportation,
as well as inability to travel or renew your green card. A criminal defense
lawyer can protect your rights and your future in order to avoid consequences
of a criminal conviction.
If you were convicted of a crime and now in the middle of removal proceedings, you need a lawyer who will work closely with you to defend your case
and minimize your risk of deportation from the United States.
If you have a criminal conviction on your criminal record, a lawyer can reopen your case and work to get your charges expunged from
Furthermore, criminal defense attorneys involved in immigration matters
will often work closely with immigration lawyers in the event their clients
are facing deportation.
For more information,
contact our Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer at
Jerry Loftin & Associates and schedule a
free consultation today.