If you are without legal immigration status you can be deported. The likelihood of deportation goes up if you have a criminal history.
You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer, whether myself or one of my colleagues, to review all the facts, advise you, and handle the case.
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You really need an attorney. Are your parents or relatives able to afford one? Even minor criminal convictions can have deleterious effect on a persons immigration status, particularly when they entered illegally. My firm handles criminal immigration matters.
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The answer to your questions is maybe. It really depends on what the crime was and how you were charged. You may be able to benefit from the recent announcement by PResident Obama anoud halting the deportation of people your age and giving them deferred action and ultimately a work permit. Unfortunately, your criminal issue needs to be investigated by a good immigration attorney to see if you are going to be eligible.