Criminal Charges Can Threaten Your Immigration Status
Theft, drunk driving and domestic assault are not considered serious crimes. But they are taken very seriously by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Minor criminal offenses can become a major problem for immigrants. A conviction can lead to deportation proceedings and removal from the United States.
Many immigrants do not realize the immigration consequences of criminal charges or make the mistake of pleading guilty to a deportable crime. Our immigration attorneys at KB Law PLLC have experience with these “crimmigration” cases. We can defend you in both the criminal proceedings and immigration court to fight for your right to remain in the United States.
Do not wait! Get help today.
Are you or your family member a noncitizen accused of a crime? Call KB Law PLLC immediately at 612-474-5649. We practice in Minneapolis and the west metro area.
You Need A “Crimmigration” Lawyer
Bad things happen when criminal law overlaps with immigration law:
- A criminal charge that would be a misdemeanor for a U.S. citizen may be considered a deportable crime for a noncitizen.
- You could be moved from a local jail to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility, perhaps far from home.
- The same immigration system that moves so slowly when immigrants want to enter this country can move very fast to deport them.
These situations are scary and stressful. We provide both criminal defense and deportation defense. We will advise you if a conviction or guilty plea would jeopardize your immigration status. We will assert your constitutional rights and defenses. Our goal is to avoid a conviction or negotiate a resolution that will not ruin your immigration status. In some cases, we can reopen an old conviction or guilty plea if you were not advised that it could get you deported. In other cases, we may be able to secure an immigration waiver to cancel an order for removal.
What Crimes Are Deportable Offenses?
Major crimes like robbery, rape or drug trafficking trigger automatic removal and a permanent bar from the United States. However, many lesser offenses can also result in deportation, such as:
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Drug possession
- Domestic violence or assault charges
- Shoplifting, theft or burglary
- Fraud or identity theft
- Fake ID or fake immigration documents
- Tax evasion
- Multiple convictions for minor crimes
It is critical for immigrants to know where they stand if they are arrested for any crime. Our lawyers can determine if your immigration status is in danger and, if so, what steps you should take.
Do You Qualify For An Immigration Bond?
When a noncitizen is detained by ICE for potential removal from the United States, they may sit in jail for many weeks or months before their immigration case is called. This is an anxious time for immigrants and their loved ones, fearful that their families will be torn apart.
We will request an immigration bond hearing to get the person released from ICE custody while their case is pending. (Some crimes are not eligible for bond.) The immigration bond is a promise to appear at a future court date. Meanwhile, our legal team will pursue waivers and defense strategies to prevent deportation if at all possible or allow the deportee to reenter the U.S. in the future.
Don’t Let A Criminal Matter Shatter Your American Dream
Members of our legal team speak several languages, including Spanish, Italian, Turkish and Russian.