How a Criminal Conviction Can Affect Your Immigration Status in Texas
Facing a criminal charge is never easy—especially if your status
as an American immigrant is at stake. People come to the United States
for many reasons: education, work, etc. However, if you are an alien in
the United States, and you are convicted of a serious criminal offense,
you may be subject to deportation. The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated
to helping individuals facing serious criminal allegations.
If you have been accused of a crime,
criminal defense lawyer from our firm today.
What is Deportation?
Simply put, deportation involves expelling an individual or group of people
from a country. In the United States, citizens cannot be deported. However,
immigrants may lose their status as legal aliens and be forced to leave
the country. Deportation is distinct from banishment, exile, or penal
transportation. Generally speaking, banishment and exile involve the expulsion
of a national citizen, while deportation involves removing a non-citizen
from a place or country.
Aggravated Felonies & Deportation
As an immigrant, a criminal conviction could easily compromise your status
as a legal alien. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration
Services, individuals who are not lawful permanent residents of the United
States and who are convicted of a serious criminal offense, may lose their
status as a legal alien, and thus be deported. Generally Speaking, the
term "serious criminal offense" falls under the broader category
of "aggravated felony." Originally, aggravated felonies were
added to the Immigration and National Act in 1988 in response to increased
drug trafficking in the United States.
Crimes labeled as aggravated felonies include:
Other criminal convictions may result in deportation, too. For instance,
if you are convicted of conspiracy or attempted conspiracy, you may lose
your immigration status. Perjury, obstruction of justice, subornation
of perjury, bribery of a witness and commercial bribery may cause you
to lose your status as well. Many fraud and counterfeiting crimes are
considered aggravated felonies as well.
Additionally, if you are found guilty of attempting to manipulate or forge
a passport, you may be charged with an aggravated felony and thus deported.
Any offense that involves owning, managing or supervising a prostitution-related
business is considered an aggravated felony. This includes slavery or
trafficking of persons. Child pornography crimes are considered aggravated
offenses as well.
Get Serious Help from The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC
At The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC, we can help you understand your legal
circumstances and rights. If you are an alien in the United States and
facing a criminal allegation, call our firm immediately. If you or a loved
one has been arrested, you have the right to remain silent and the right
to speak with an attorney before answering questions. Facing a criminal
allegation can be overwhelming—you don't have to feel alone.
You have the right to legal representation. The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC
has years of experience helping clients deal with legal issues involving
immigration and criminal charges.
To see what the firm can do for your case, call or
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