Criminal Law & Immigration Status
Criminal Law & Immigration Status
If you’re aiming to immigrate from your home country to the United States, it’s important to be aware of the difficulties you might face. The process is not an easy one – in fact, it’s one of the more complicated areas of the law to practice. One of the most important things to remember is that the United States is looking for individuals of “good moral standing” when it comes to granting residency or citizenship. That means that you have to be on your best behavior, both while in the United States and abroad.
It is imperative to have a clean record if you’re aiming to seek entry, residency, or citizenship in the United States. Even more crucial, however, is your ability to maintain a clean record and avoid any sort of criminal activity. This holds true even if you eventually become a resident or hold a green card. Should you engage in criminal activity, both of those statuses could be revoked and/OR, at the very least, threatened if you are arrested or otherwise involved in activities that are against the laws of the country.
It’s important to note that a conviction or criminal record could stand in your way of achieving permanent resident status or, in a worst case scenario, facing deportation. You should also be aware that removal or deportation hearings can be devastating processes with lasting effects that affect the rest of your life. You can’t afford to go through this process on your own. A qualified immigration lawyer can help give you the aggressive and competent representation you need when it comes to immigration courts.
At the Law Offices of Solomon D. Gilliam, P.C., we understand just how important this situation is. Our skilled attorneys are willing and able to go to bat for you and do their best to protect your rights. Misdemeanors are enough to cause consequences, even if they don’t tend to result in deportation right away. One of our experienced lawyers can help you determine what the best course of action is to ensure that you have the best chance possible of fighting your charges and maintaining your current immigration status.
What Crimes Could Result in the Loss of My Green Card?
While any number of crimes could result in serious consequences when it comes to your immigration status and ability to apply for residency or citizenship, there are specific crimes that are more likely to see swift consequences than others. An experienced attorney can help you determine your likelihood of facing issues stemming from the following:
- Alien smuggling
- Domestic violence
- Domestic battery
- Drug possession
- Drug traffic
- D. deception
- Obstruction of Justice
- Resisting Arrest
- Sexual Assault
- Theft / Robbery
- Unlawful use of a weapon
The above crimes can carry consequences that could result in deportation or disqualification of relief, particularly if you are convicted multiple times or already have a criminal record. A skilled immigration attorney can work with your criminal defense lawyer for you to receive the best outcome possible and hopefully avoid deportation. This is especially important because, even if you never faced deportation for these crimes, they can come back to haunt you when you attempt to go through the naturalization process. In some instances, they can bar you from obtaining citizenship altogether.
When you find yourself in a situation where your criminal record might interfere with your immigration status, contact an experienced attorney immediately. The worst thing you can do is just ignore the issue and assume that it will be fine. Even if you aren’t deported today, remember that this issue can still cause significant barriers for you in the future.
If you’re in need of a criminal law and immigration attorney, contact the Law Offices of Solomon D. Gilliam, P.C., today. We are always happy to schedule a consultation with you in order to go over the important details of your case and determine the best course of action. We’ll get through this together.
Experienced Immigration & Criminal Law Lawyers in Chicago, Illinois
If you find yourself in a situation where your criminal record may interfere with your immigration status, don’t wait: contact a top immigration law attorney for help. Their knowledge can be a huge help when it comes to avoiding steep consequences that could significantly affect your future in the United States. The worst thing you can do is just ignore the issue and assume that it will be fine or go away. Even if you aren’t deported today, remember that this issue can still cause significant barriers for you in the future.
The Law Offices of Solomon D. Gilliam, P.C., have the skill and knowledge to help you fight and defend your rights against your criminal law charges. They work hard to give you the best defense possible so that you don’t have to worry about your future as a resident or citizen of the United States of America. Don’t give up! We will do our best to protect your rights and your future.
If you’re in need of a criminal law and immigration attorney, contact the Law Offices of Solomon D. Gilliam, P.C., today. We are happy to schedule a consultation with you in order to go over the important details of your case and determine the best course of action. We will work together to help you or a loved one get through this situation together.