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)
Thank You,Thank You HONEST Attorneys
Divorce / Separation Lawyer
You need a lawyer. Being old just inn't a legal excuse for taking something without paying for it and this charge could affect your green card status.
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.
These are fairly minor but if you have "GOOD" criminal representation, you may be able to have the charges dismissed.
Criminal Defense Attorney
I would try to get you theft school so the case will not go on your record. Where and when do you have court?
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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Criminal Defense Attorney
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!