Being accused of a crime is always a serious matter, regardless of your immigration status. However, additional penalties and problems may apply if you are an immigrant to the United States.
Certain crimes could lead to you being deported back home and retain an experienced criminal defense attorney becomes necessary in these cases to understand your rights as well as the potential consequences. Any immigrant, including those who possess green cards, could be deported if they violate U.S. immigration laws.
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The most common reason for someone to be put into removal proceedings for deportation is because there is evidence that they have been convicted already of a crime. An aggravated felony or a crime of moral turpitude increases an immigrant’s chance of being deported.
Crimes of moral turpitude are poorly defined under U.S. immigration law. Any crime including theft or dishonesty is most often classified in this manner. Petty offense exceptions, however, may excuse a crime of moral turpitude. This applies if the crime committed could never have led to more than one year in prison and if anytime the actual person served in prison was less than six months.
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Aggravated felonies are other common situations that could lead to an immigrant being deported. The list of aggravated felonies that are classified under immigration law is extensive and includes rape, firearms, human trafficking, drug trafficking, murder, child pornography, tax evasion, fraud, money laundering or sexual abuse. Any violent or theft-related crime with a sentencing order of a minimum of one year, sabotage, espionage, treason, and perjury with a sentence of at least one year may also apply for deportation.
John W. Tumelty, the founding partner of the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty, brings more than 30 years of experience to both the negotiating table and the courtroom on behalf of clients facing aggravated felonies. He is passionate about protecting his clients’ reputations and livelihood by crafting creative defense strategies that keep his clients out of jail.
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If you need assistance with your criminal case and to have someone in your corner fighting for you, schedule a call immediately with the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty today at 609-345-3300 or fill out our online contact form to get started on your case today.
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