Anyone who faces the challenge of being accused of a crime could have serious stakes on the line. If you do not respond and hire a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney immediately after you have gone under suspicion or the police have informed you that you have been arrested, you could expose yourself to mistakes in your case that can make it difficult or impossible for you to move on with your life. The problems are even more severe, however, if you are not currently U.S. citizen.
All immigrants, including those who possess legitimate green cards can be deported if they violate immigration laws. The most common reason that people find themselves in removal proceedings for immigration is because there’s evidence they’ve been convicted of a crime. If you are convicted of an aggravated felony or what is classified as a crime of moral turpitude, you could be deported. Additionally, there are certain crimes named outright that could be used as the sole grounds for deportation.
Crimes of moral turpitude, unfortunately, are not defined clearly in U.S. immigration law but typically involve larceny, the intent to harm things or persons, and fraud. Crimes involving thefts and dishonesty are the most common ones classified as crimes of moral turpitude. It is possible that your conviction should not be classified as this type of crime and therefore, make you deportable, and there are certain exceptions to these rules that should be discussed immediately with an attorney. Any serious crime should be shared with your lawyer immediately because it could be his or her due diligence that uncovers facts in the case that could protect you from having to suffer the consequences of conviction and possibly being deported. Because there’s so much on the line, a criminal defense lawyer who has years of experience in this field is the only one who can help you.
There’s too much on the line not just in terms of jail time but also in terms of your general future in the U.S. You need a lawyer who has handled these claims before to help you figure out your next steps and game plan.