You could indeed have immigration problems. You need to consult with an immigration attorney. You also need an attorney in Newark. Please feel free to call if you have any questions.
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If you are seeking or will be seeking immigration benefits from USCIS, you have to be careful that you do not plead guilty to (or get convicted of) a crime of moral turpitude. (An immigration benefit includes an I-551 Permanent Resident card as well as citizenship). In immigration parlance, this generally means a crime involving dishonesty. Generally, simple assault is NOT considered a crime of moral turpitude. In addition, you may be able to plead it down to an ordinance violation, which further helps you. Be aware that the State may not meet its burden if there are no witnesses to testify. You should speak to an attorney who may well be able to have the charges dismissed entirely. If you represent yourself, such a result could be challenging to negotiate. Best of luck to you. Call if you have questions.
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You need to speak to an immigration attorney because this could cause a problem. But do not plead to a simple assault or ordinance so fast. Newark is a flexible Court. An experienced criminal defense attorney can often obtain great results at Green Street. A second dismissal is possible. There are defenses. Self defense immediately comes to mind. Call with more information.
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