Defending Clients in Cases Involving Immigration and Criminal Law
Immigration Issues and the Law
Immigrants come to the United State to better their financial and social status, cultural well being, family reunification, educational opportunities, and/or political freedom due to fear of persecution in their home country. A non-citizen that is accused and convicted of committing a crime in the United States faces very serious consequences, including the possibility of deportation. When a visa or green card holder is involved in a state or federal crime, it is a violation of the United States immigration law. A conviction can be grounds for removability which is deportation, or inadmissibility, which is the inability to renew a visa or green card, therefore not being able to return to the United States if they leave.
Convictions that carry the consequences of deportability and inadmissibility in immigration law are crimes of moral turpitude and aggravated felonies. Some examples include, but are not limited to:
- Fraud, Larceny, Theft, Assault, Murder, DUI, Drug Trafficking, Firearms Charges, Prostitution, Kidnapping, Tax Evasion, Sexual Abuse of a Child, Child Pornography, Kidnapping, Forgery, Spying, Treason, Rape, Smuggling, Violence
It is vital to contact a criminal defense immigration lawyer if you are being charged with a crime. Even for a conviction of a minor infraction or crime, there can be deportation and inadmissibility consequences. The AP Law Group is dedicated to the representation and advocacy of human rights in immigration law, with state and federal court room and trial experience. We provide an individualized approach to each unique situation. Through negotiations and a strong defense, our goal is to have your criminal charges reduced through plea bargains or a dismissal of charges so that you can avoid incarceration, deportation, or inadmissibility.
The AP Law Firm can assist with Post Conviction Sanctions for Deportation
If you have been convicted of a crime, an application for a Waiver of Grounds of Admissibility can be filed. To retain your admissibility rights, there needs to be proof of extreme hardship to a family member if you were deported. You are not eligible for these waivers if your conviction is for an aggravated felony, so it is critical that serious charges be reduced before conviction to ensure your eligibility. The evidence for extreme hardship is reviewed and accepted or denied, at the discretion of the immigration officials.
Contact The AP Law Group for More Information
The AP Law Group has over 55 years combined experience working with criminal defense cases in the state of Florida. Our law firm provides sensitive and competent legal services in protecting the rights of non-citizens. We work diligently to reduce or dismiss the serious consequences of criminal convictions for non-citizens. Contact The AP Law Group for more information at 352-732-9191.