My brother was arrested for retail fraud, he has an appointment for his citizenship next month should he go or not?

the case is still in process, he has an arraignment next week, the whole process will take probably a month, if he goes to his appointment his case will be still pending, what should he do?

Dearborn, MI -

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Michael Hugh Carlin

Michael Hugh Carlin

Immigration Attorney - Ann Arbor, MI

He should consult with an immigration attorney as soon as possible. Depending on exactly what the charges are, and depending on the outcome of the case in criminal court, it could result in denial of his naturalization application. More importantly, the outcome in criminal court could subject your brother to possible deportation proceedings. The details of the criminal charges are important, and so your brother needs to consider the immigration consequences of what happens in criminal court BEFORE he makes any decisions about how to plead, etc. in criminal court.

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Loren M. Dickstein

Loren M. Dickstein

Criminal Defense Attorney - Southfield, MI

I agree that he should speak to an immigration attorney but I also suggest he talk with a criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience handling retail fraud cases for non-US citizens. There are a number of ways these cases can be resolved which will minimize or eliminate any immigration consequences. There are also a number of ways that these cases can be resolved that will have a dire immigration implications and some lawyers do not fully understand how certain resolutions can impact a non-US citizen client.

Of course I have no idea what the facts of your brother's case are and I cannot give any specific advice without more information.

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Anu Gupta

Anu Gupta

Immigration Attorney - Boston, MA

Talk to the attorney who filed the citizenship application. Also, hire a good criminal attorney who understands the consequences of a conviction.

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Metin Serbest

Metin Serbest

Immigration Attorney - Chicago, IL

As my colleagues indicated you should definitely meet with both an experienced criminal attorney and an immigration attorney to weight your options

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