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Will I Be Deported for Committing a Crime?

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 deportable or removable.

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 deportation defense.

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!