It’s not a term you hear every day—criminal immigration lawyer—but it may be exactly what you need if you’re a non-citizen who’s been charged with a crime.
What Does a Criminal Immigration Lawyer Do?
A criminal immigration lawyer can help defend a non-citizen being tried for crimes that could result in deportation from the U.S.
Your criminal immigration lawyer will evaluate your case, find out what the possible consequences of a conviction are, and determine whether you may be deported through removal proceedings because of it.
What Crimes Can Get You Deported From the U.S.?
Conviction of certain crimes, including aggravated felonies, are grounds for removal from the U.S.
If you’re a non-citizen who has been convicted of an aggravated felony, you will be taken into immigration custody as soon as you’re released from incarceration. Other criminal offenses that may make you “deportable” include:
- Some offenses against the government
- A crime of moral turpitude when the possible sentence is more than a year, or a second crime of moral turpitude regardless of the possible penalty
- Domestic violence crimes
- Threatening national security
- High-speed flight from an immigration checkpoint
- Illegal voting
- Controlled substance offenses (with the exception of a first offense of the possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana for personal use)
- Failure to register as an alien
- Falsification of immigration documents
- Falsely representing yourself as a citizen
- Firearm crimes
- Terrorist activities
You could also be deported if you committed marriage fraud, you became a public charge, or you were involved in smuggling or human trafficking.
This isn’t a comprehensive list, so if you’re not sure whether you could be deported due to a crime you’re accused of committing, it may make sense for you to get in touch with a criminal immigration lawyer as soon as possible.
Do You Need to Talk to a Criminal Immigration Lawyer?
If you’re accused of any type of crime as a non-citizen, please call us at 414-383-6700 for a consultation with a criminal immigration lawyer. We’ll be happy to consult with you and begin developing a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome in your case.