Criminal Foreign National
Being charged with a crime can be scary for anyone. This is especially true if you are currently a lawful permanent resident and/or in the process of seeking U.S. citizenship. Everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately, if you are an immigrant, your margin for error is thinner than if you were already a citizen. In fact, many misdemeanor and felony charges can end in removal proceedings and subsequent deportation (regardless of the number of years that you have resided in the U.S.). Whether you have been charged with a crime or have already been convicted and deemed a criminal alien, it is imperative that you connect with an experienced immigration attorney to help you navigate the complexities of the U.S. immigration and criminal justice system. In many cases, if you have an attorney representing you during deportation proceedings, it can significantly increase your chances of being able to stay in the United States. Being placed in a detention facility, attending removal proceedings, and/or being deported from the U.S will likely have serious consequences on your life and family’s life. Fortunately, you do not have to face this situation alone. Give the attorneys at Florida Immigration Law Counsel a call to discuss your case with one of our experienced criminal alien immigration attorneys today.
How A Criminal Conviction Can Affect Your Immigration Status
Obviously, you covet your ability to be in the U.S. A criminal conviction can not only jeopardize your current immigration status but in some cases, it can prevent you from returning to the U.S. Furthermore, since you are a foreign national you may find yourself in mandatory detention for crimes that would not otherwise require it. Learn more about the potential consequences of a criminal conviction below.
- Prevention from becoming a lawful permanent resident in the U.S.
- Mandatory arrest or detention
- Required to attend deportation or removal proceedings
- Negatively affect your ability to bring your family into the U.S.
- Make you unable to renew your current green card
While these are the most serious and obvious consequences, there are others to consider. Becoming a criminal alien could negatively affect your ability to obtain a job, travel to the U.S. for tourism, spend time with your family, etc. Furthermore, it is important to know that convictions for certain crimes will make you “inadmissible” into the U.S. There is typically no gray area with the crime listed below:
- Crimes that involve illegal drug use, distribution, and/or trafficking
- Certain felony convictions and serious misdemeanors
- More than three non-serious misdemeanor convictions
- Human trafficking
- Money Laundering
Do not wait until it is too late and you have already been deemed a criminal alien. In many cases, it is best to fight the charges before there are negative consequences. Connect with one of our professional immigration and criminal defense attorneys today.
Types of Charges We Help to Defend Against
It is important to mount a convincing and effective defense against criminal charges. This can be difficult for someone to do on their own. That is especially true in the case that English is your second language. At Florida Immigration Law Counsel we help to defend our clients against criminal charges, removal proceedings, as well as deportation. Some of the criminal alien matters that we handle include:
- Drunk Driving
- Drug Offenses (using, distributing, trafficking)
- Misdemeanor and Felony Charges
What to do if You Are an Illegal Criminal Foreign National
The Criminal Alien Program (CAP) allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to use a wide variety of tactics to investigate, identify, obtain, and remove a criminal alien that they deem to be “high priority.” If you or a loved one is in the country illegally and already in custody for criminal charges, CAP gives ICE the authority to begin deportation and removal proceedings much faster than they would otherwise occur. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to mount a formidable defense and stave off deportation until you are able to attend formal deportation proceedings.
Connecting With an Immigration Attorney
Being a criminal alien does not always lead to removal and being barred from entering the United States again. However, if you are attempting to fight criminal charges and/or deportation on your own, it can be difficult to be successful. Working with an experienced immigration attorney that understands criminal law, as well as immigration law, can help to give you a second opportunity. If you or a loved one has already been convicted, in the midst of being charged with a crime, or facing removal proceedings give the attorneys at Florida Immigration Law Counsel a call to discuss your case today.