Immigration and Criminal issues: I have 2 prior arrests for driving without DL (misdemeanors). Today I was arrested for small battery which I forgot to pay ( I have very bad memory). Police charged me petit theft,relesed from jail after few hours. Now I have to go to court.
I'm not a THIEF,don't know why security or police didn't understand old guy like me with memory problems.
Will these 3 charges effects me on getting green card in the USA? I heard about some kind of Petit offence exception,is it right? Or time to pack and go home... ( of course I will go to court and explain to Judge what have happened)
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Definitely get an attorney for court. More facts needed. Yes, there is a petty offense exception, but I strongly recommend you to meet with an immigration attorney. Bring your status-related and pending immigrant case with court dispositions. My office is located in Chicago if you need assistance. Good luck.
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Make sure you have a criminal defense attorney who understands the immigration consequences of any plea. If this is really just shoplifting a battery, it is likely not to be a problem for immigration.
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Coincidentally, many of my clients also have very bad memories. At times I learn new facts of the criminal case before a hearing which they omit in numerous prior discussions. I think that is endemic.
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Make sure you have a good Criminal defense attorney who also understands the implications the criminal charge will have on your ability to adjust your immigration status. A good criminal defense lawyer can dispose of the theft charge and depending on your background, the charge could also be expunged. Call my office for more info!