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Criminal Immigration Counsel in Oakland
Preserving Your Immigration Status Despite an Arrest or Conviction
You can think of immigration benefits as a kind of contract between the U.S. Government and the immigrant. The U.S. Government may allow you to live and work in the United States, but in return, you have to follow the law. Engaging in criminal activity violates this contract. Some convictions can make you ineligible to enter the United States while others could make you removable from the U.S., even if you are already a lawful permanent resident. Our attorneys have significant experience representing clients when their criminal and immigration cases intersect.
If you are a non-citizen and you are arrested, it is important to obtain immigration counsel as early as possible. In many cases, it is possible to negotiate an outcome in the criminal case that will have less of an impact on your immigration case. But once you plead to or are found guilty of criminal charges, it is much harder to go back and undo the conviction. Fuerza Immigration Lawyers can work with your criminal attorney to ensure that your immigration interests are protected in any resolution to pending criminal charges.
Sometimes immigrants plead guilty to criminal charges not realizing that the conviction could render them inadmissible to or removable from the United States. Even then, a skilled immigration attorney may be able to find ways to revisit that conviction or make arguments that the specific conviction should not be interpreted in such a way as to deny the individual immigration benefits. This area of the law is extremely complex. Immigrants who are facing immigration consequences of their criminal records need experienced attorneys, like the ones at Fuerza Immigration Lawyers, who are up to date on the law. We have helped many clients negotiate plea deals to keep their immigration status, ensure they would still be able to apply for immigration benefits, or avoid deportation. Legal problems don’t just go away. Let us help you. Call today!