If you are living in Texas, you are probably aware that Texas is home to
a large immigrant population. You may even be one of them.
If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you have to be careful about following all
of the local, state and federal laws. Otherwise, if you commit certain
crimes, an arrest can lead to removal (deportation) proceedings.
The laws that address whether an alien will be deported from the United
States are covered in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). When
an alien is facing criminal charges, the procedures used for the alien
depends on their individual circumstances.
Some classes of aliens are entitled to a hearing before an immigration
judge, while others are not. If they are not, they may be removed automatically.
However, most classes of aliens are entitled to be brought before an immigration
judge for a hearing.
Immigration judges have the power and authority to grant an alien’s
application for relief, and they can protect them from removal proceedings.
Immigration proceedings will typically involve one of the following agencies:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection
(CBP), or Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS).
Whichever agency is involved, the alien will receive written notice about
why the agency is trying to remove them and they will be given an opportunity
to address their charges. They will also be given written notice about
the consequences of trying to re-enter the United States illegally.
Hearing With an Immigration Judge
When someone is facing removal proceedings, they will have a hearing before
an immigration judge. During this hearing, the judge will review the alien’s
right to remain in the United States. In the first phase of the hearing,
the judge determines if the alien is
If the alien is deportable or removable, the judge will then determine
if he or she should be granted relief or protection from removal proceedings.
If the alien
may be eligible, the immigration judge and an employee from the Department
of Justice is required to inform the alien that they may be eligible.
Common crimes that trigger deportation:
If you are facing criminal charges in Plano or Dallas and you are a non-U.S.
citizen, you should contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC. Two of our
main practice areas include criminal defense and
immigration law, therefore, we specialize in
In reference to aliens (legal and illegal) who face criminal charges, their
cases are handled on a case-by-case bases, so there is no “one size
fits all” approach as far as deportation is concerned.
If you, or someone you love is in trouble with the law, we urge you to
contact our office for professional legal assistance!