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Immigration and criminal convictions

Posted by attorney Sebastian Simon

Immigration laws are a very serious. If you are trying to become a citizen of the United States or a resident of the United States, then there are several requirements you must first meet. Evidently, as a lawful permanent resident, you have comply with all federal and state laws. If you happen to be arrested and charged with a crime, there could be serious consequences. Sometimes, a conviction for a crime may result in the initiation of removal proceedings and deportation. Lately, the number of people being removed from the United States has increased dramatically.

It is important to have an attorney that specializes in immigration law. Generally, someone may be convicted of a misdemeanor or felony. Some of these crimes are considered of moral turpitude. These crimes can, in many occassions, be minor crimes, such as shoplifting. A person may be offered a plea, but the problem is that taking a plea usually requires an admission of guilt, which could result in removal proceedings, even if the case is later dismissed.

If you are a lawful permanent resident who has been convicted of crime and would like to travel abroad or apply for citizenship, it is recommeded that you talk to an immigration lawyer first to determine the immigration consequences of your conviction.

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