How Criminal Convictions and Immigration Status Collide

If you have a pending immigration status and are convicted of a criminal offense, it is important to understand that they are two separate legal issues than can have an effect on each other. For example, if you are convicted of a serious criminal offense it may impact the outcome of your immigration case even though different judges will provide rulings in separate courts. Criminal courts are run by the state of California and apply state laws. Immigration courts are federal courts that administer federal laws.

In most cases, once an adult enters a guilty plea in criminal court a conviction has occurred for immigration purposes, even if the plea was later withdrawn after completion of probation. So, you can see how important it is to consult with a knowledgeable DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney at Hoffman & Associates before addressing the criminal charges you face because they may have an impact on your immigration case.

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions

The immigration consequences of criminal convictions can be harsh. You may face deportation or denial of naturalization for felony convictions. It is less likely you will have deportation problems from a misdemeanor conviction. Certain triggering events, such as crimes of moral turpitude that show lack of good character, can result in immigration problems. These types of triggering events may include:

  • Murder
  • Robbery
  • Rape
  • Drug possession or sales

Most, though not all, immigration consequences are as a result of a conviction. Some immigration penalties are based on mere conduct without a conviction. For example, someone who is trying to gain citizenship in the United States may be found inadmissible because evidence exists that the person engaged in prostitution or was involved with known drug traffickers. Even though that person was not convicted of a crime, their conduct is obviously not that of a person with good character.

Consult with a Knowledgeable California Criminal Defense Lawyer

It is important to consult with a skilled DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney who can work with your immigration attorney so that both lawyers can protect your rights in the respective courts. If you don’t have an immigration attorney, Hoffman & Associates can refer you to a skilled immigration attorney and then work in tandem to secure your immigration status.

Our skilled criminal defense lawyers have over 30 years of daily experience in courtrooms throughout California. We understand how complex the immigration and criminal judicial systems can be, and that’s why our extensive experience is so important when it comes to your case.

Our successful track record in helping clients who face criminal convictions and immigration issues speaks for itself. We offer a phone or office consultation to discuss the specific details of your case. You will learn what your rights are and also what options we may have for your defense. Contact us today to schedule a no obligation consultation with one of our experienced DUI and Criminal Defense Attorneys.

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