Criminal Defense For Non-U.S. Citizens

Certain crimes may jeopardize your immigration status. If you are not a U.S. citizen and have been charged with a drug crime, an aggravated felony or a crime involving moral turpitude, you will need the legal representation of a criminal defense attorney who practices in immigration law. This overlap is sometimes referred to as "crimmigration."

A Minor Offense May Carry Harsher Consequences For A Non-U.S. Citizen

Convictions for these criminal charges may trigger deportation proceedings and potentially bar you from re-entering the United States for a period of time, if not permanently. Notably, immigration law classifies aggravated felonies more broadly than the criminal justice system. The list includes filing a fraudulent tax return, theft and even the failure to appear in court. Similarly, the list of crimes involving moral turpitude is also broad and includes tax evasion, wire fraud and carrying a concealed weapon. Finally, the Immigration and Nationality Act also authorizes the removal of non-citizens convicted of crimes relating to controlled dangerous substances, including marijuana.

A Plea Deal May Not Always Be In Your Best Interest

The criminal defense strategy for a non-U.S. citizen may not always favor a plea deal, especially if the guilty plea is entered under one of the above categories of criminal charges. As an attorney that focuses on both criminal and immigration law, I understand the importance of avoiding a conviction that may trigger an immigration consequence. Even an admission to certain aspects of the charges against you may have harsh consequences. Yet even in the event of a conviction, there are also a number of discretionary factors that may relieve you of deportation.

Contact An Experienced Criminal Defense And Immigration Attorney

The Minneapolis-based Chaudhary Law Office, PLLC, provides aggressive advocacy on behalf of non-U.S. citizens. Don't entrust your criminal defense to an attorney who doesn't understand the immigration consequences you may be facing. To schedule a consultation, contact my firm online or call 612-206-3721.