Criminal charges against a non-citizen resident of U.S.A. is always a grave condition which can cause the cancellation of your permanent or temporary residency permit or visa and lead you to deportation or removal from U.S.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities may start the removal process even at the start of your criminal case hearing, leading to great misery for the immigrant who will be virtually straightaway thrown out of the country once the court decides against you.
At Gavlin & Associates P.C., New York we strongly advice each and every immigrant who has been charged with any criminal case (petty or grave offense) to immediately contact an immigration law specialist lawyer and not just any criminal lawyer (or both if you want so) and arrange his guidance and assistance in handling the case against you. This is due to the fact that laws and punishment range change when the offense is done by a non-citizen due to the fact that apart from the criminal code punishment which may or may not be given to him, he/she will surely face the risk of removal from U.S. which can be much more miserable as it may lead to separation from his immediate relatives or dependents and can have complex consequences.
Immigration laws on this issue are not definite and definitions of specific crimes culpable to removal are very vague. In general “Crimes of Moral Turpitude” (like fraud, crimes involving dishonesty and theft larceny, intent to harm persons or things, assault with the intent to rob or kill, spousal abuse, aggravated driving under the influence etc. are some examples) and “Aggravated felony” (like sexual abuse of a minor, child pornography, espionage, sabotage, money laundering, fraud or tax evasion involving more than $10.000, murder, rape, drug or firearms trafficking, theft or violent crime with a sentence order of at least one year, treason etc.) are culpable for removal of the alien or non-citizen.
We at Gavlin & Associates, P.C. can help you in the best possible way to represent your interests and defend you with legal expertise and knowledge of all the loop holes and nuances of immigration law in relation to a criminal offense by an immigrant.