Criminal Charges & Immigration
Charged With a Crime? Worried About Deportation?
When visa or green card holders are charged with crimes, they may be facing additional consequences beyond what a U.S. citizen would face. Being caught with marijuana or getting into a fight might result in a minor criminal charge for a citizen but could have serious immigration consequences, including possible deportation, for a non-citizen.
At the immigration law firm of Yeager & Etkind — with offices in Rockville, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and Arlington and McLean, Virginia — we counsel clients and their criminal defense attorneys on the immigration consequences of criminal charges. Contact us to discuss your case with an experienced immigration lawyer.
Helping Clients Avoid Inadmissibility and Removal
There are two main potential immigration consequences for people convicted of certain crimes. Depending on the exact nature of the state or federal crime for which you are convicted, it could be used as grounds for one or both of the following:
- Inadmissibility: If you are convicted of a crime that is grounds for inadmissibility, you may be unable to renew a visa or reenter the country if you leave it.
- Removability: If the crime for which you are convicted is grounds for removability, you could be subject to deportation.
If you end up being targeted for either of these consequences after a criminal conviction, we can help you by pursuing a waiver of inadmissibility or offering a defense against the deportation proceedings.
Advising Defendants and Attorneys at All Stages
If you have been charged with a crime, you should consult both a criminal defense attorney and an immigration attorney as soon as possible. If you have already been convicted, we can advise you on your status and anything you may be able to do to avoid inadmissibility or deportation.
If you are a criminal defense lawyer representing a non-citizen, we can advise you on conducting plea bargain negotiations with an eye on the smallest possible impact on your client’s immigration status.
Whatever your specific circumstances, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss the immigration consequences of your criminal charges.