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Being arrested and charged with a crime can have a big impact on a person’s immigration status. Worst-case scenario, criminal charges can lead to deportation. This is why it’s gravely important to consult with a criminal defense lawyer if you are a non-U.S. resident facing criminal charges.

Being arrested and charged with a crime can have a big impact on a person’s immigration status. Worst-case scenario, criminal charges can lead to deportation. This is why it’s gravely important to consult with a criminal defense lawyer if you are a non-U.S. resident facing criminal charges.

When an immigrant is charged with a crime it is matter of both immigration law and criminal law. As a result, you may need to consult with both a criminal defense lawyer and an attorney specializing in immigration law. Alternatively, you can seek out a criminal attorney who has good relationships with immigration lawyers with which they can consult.

Consequences

An immigrant charged with a crime may face any of the following penalties (depending on the nature and severity of the crime committed):

  • Deportation
  • Inability to renew your green card
  • Inability to travel
  • Jail time & fines

These consequences are highly dependent on you personal situation, and the alleged crime in question.

Deportable Offenses

There are many crimes that can lead to deportation if convicted. Here are a few of the most common:

Criminal charges are not to be taken lightly. That goes doubly for a non-U.S. resident charged with a crime. Your entire life (and the lives of your family members) may be uprooted if you are convicted of one of these crimes. That’s why it is gravely important to speak with an attorney about your charges and to discuss your options for defense.