Immigrant Criminal Defense Attorney in Fort Lauderdale
How Will an Arrest or Conviction Affect Your Immigration Status?
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, it is in your best
interest to retain legal representation as early as possible to defend
you against the serious consequences you face. While criminal charges
can have a devastating effect on anyone's life, this is especially
true for you as an immigrant, as you face the possibility of deportation
and losing everything you have worked so hard to achieve in this country.
Don't hesitate to contact our Fort Lauderdale immigration attorney
at Guerra Sáenz, PL for a hard-hitting legal defense to help you
clear your name and resolve the charges you face. Our lead attorney is
Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law and is here to help!
Why You Need an Immigration Attorney for Your Criminal Case
It is common for an immigrant to hire a criminal defense attorney - whose
immigration law is limited - and to be advised to enter a guilty plea in a bargain
to avoid being sent to jail or prison. This can be an enormous mistake,
as it can make the immigrant inadmissible or even deportable. You must
understand that a conviction for immigration purposes is not the same
as a conviction for criminal purposes, and by choosing a lawyer who does
not understand this distinction you could be led into making a very misguided
decision about your case.
Most criminal defense attorneys simply do not know the complexities of
immigration law, and only an attorney who actually focuses his practice
on criminal and immigration law can determine whether or not a certain
offense is a deportable one. Based on my experience in the "crimmigration"
arena I am in a better position to advise you in criminal court as to
what steps to take in order to avoid removal. For Spanish speaking clients,
I am fully bilingual and could explain the complexities in their own terms.
What Crimes Can Lead to Deportation?
Under the United States Code Title 8 §1227, there are several classes
of deportable aliens. These include those who have been convicted of crimes
of moral turpitude, such as fraud, burglary, theft, assault, prostitution,
murder or rape, as well as felony criminal offenses that carry a minimum
sentence of one year or more in prison. Other types of crimes that can lead to
deportation include aggravated felonies, certain weapons offenses, domestic violence
and drug crimes other than possession of fewer than 30 grams of marijuana.
Traffic Tickets and Your Immigration Status
Depending on the circumstances of your situation, being pulled over and
given a traffic ticket could carry severe consequences extending beyond
the cost of paying the fine on the ticket. Under the Secure Communities
program maintained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, local law enforcement
agencies have access to federal records which may alert the police officer
to the driver's status as an illegal alien. It is also possible that
conviction for an offense such as driving without a license or reckless
driving could lead to a detainer being placed on you, possibly leading
to removal proceedings.
Don't take any chances with the situation.
Contact us today for immediate assistance! My firm offers a free initial
case evaluation, so call today and speak with a Ft. Lauderdale immigration attorney!