If you are not a United States citizen, if you plea to a crime or are found guilty of a crime after trial, you could face immigration consequences depending on the type of crime you were convicted of. These consequences could be deportation or inadmissibility to apply for certain types of immigration petitions or relief from removal.
Your criminal defense lawyer has a legal and ethical duty to advise you of the immigration consequences of pleading to or being found guilty of a particular crime. The analysis generally centers on whether the crime is a "crime involving moral turpitude" (CIMT) or an aggravated felony, but immigration consequences can also be triggered for crimes involving a controlled substance, domestic violence, violation of an injunction, and many other crimes. Whether or not you will face immigration consequences to a criminal conviction depends on the elements of the crime you were charged with, your current immigration status, and your criminal history.
Immigration law is complex, and analyzing how a particular crime will affect your immigration status requires an experienced and knowledgable attorney who can accurately advise you based on your particular situation. If you are charged with a crime and you are not a U.S. citizen, contact Burkhardt Legal today to schedule a consultation. Let us put our knowledge and experience to work for you by effectively advising you and fighting hard to potentially avoid adverse immigration consequences in your case.
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