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Criminal Defense for Immigrants – Why it’s Different

When immigrants in the United States are arrested on criminal charges, they face more serious penalties and punishments than do U.S. Citizens.

If you are a non-citizen charged with a crime, it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to consider the following:

  1. Your criminal defense attorney MUST ask you about your immigration status. If he or she has not inquired about your immigration status, they may be considered negligent or ineffective.
  2. Your criminal defense attorney MUST consider the immigration consequences of your criminal charges and MUST inform you about them or send you to a trusted immigration expert for an analysis BEFORE you agree to plead guilty.

We at Walker Gates Vela offer criminal defense services for immigrants that is tailored carefully to each clients’ particular needs and circumstances.

In addition, we provide comprehensive detailed, individualized analysis for criminal defense attorneys regarding the immigration consequences of criminal pleas, as well as potential alternative pleas that may minimize or avert negative immigration consequences.

If you or a loved one are an immigrant charged with a crime, we can help identify and hopefully avoid the most serious consequences. Please contact our office immediately for assistance.

ICE holds, ICE detention, and no opportunity for bond

You can face deportation, mandatory detention, and loss of your legal status if you are charged or convicted of many different types of crimes. For this reason, it is critically important for any immigrant charged with a crime to consult with an immigration expert.

Certain crimes, however, are even more serious than others, even if the immigrant has not yet been convicted, but is merely facing charges. These include:

  • Crimes of moral turpitude — These serious crimes include rape, murder, and arson. Persons convicted of crimes of moral turpitude may be deported if they were convicted within five years after being admitted to the U.S. (or 10 years if they have a green card) and were sentenced to a year or more in prison.
  • Aggravated felonies — If convicted of an aggravated felony such as rape, murder, trafficking, or firearms charges, you may be deported regardless of how long you have been in the United States.
  • Drug-and-gun-related charges — You could be deported for selling, possessing, distributing, or trafficking firearms and controlled substances, depending on the amount in question.
  • Terrorism or treason — You may be forced to leave the country if convicted of a crime against the United States such as terrorism, espionage, or treason.
  • Domestic violence — If you were accused of committing a crime against your spouse, former spouse, parent of your child, or any person you live with, you may have to return to your native country.
  • Other convictions — Additional crimes that could warrant deportation include “high speed flight” from an immigration checkpoint, failure to register as a sex offender, violating a protective order, DUI, and more.

If you or a loved one are an immigrant charged with a crime, we can help identify and hopefully avoid the most serious consequences. Please contact our office immediately for assistance.

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