Transportation of drugs (meth???) is an aggregated felony. He must do what he legally can to avoid conviction. He MUST get a qualified criminal lawyer who is aware of his immigration status and who will consult with a qualified immigration lawyer before entering any plea. The fact that its his first offense or that he's been here since he was 8 will not help him if he is convicted of any drug offense.
As indicated, the charge is absolutely an aggravated felony for immigration purposes. This person needs the best local criminal defense attorney they can get. They'll likely need an immigration attorney as well.
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This is an aggravated felony.
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(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
First of all, as everyone has stated here, this is an aggravated felony. If he does not have an immigration attorney, he certainly needs to talk to a few as soon as possible.
Obviously, knowledge of specific facts and circumstances is critical to knowing how to defend your friend's (?) case. Consult with a few criminal defense attorneys who are familiar with these types of matters and have the experience to help your friend.
Certain crimes are construed differently for immigration purposes and have a more serious impact on non US citizens who would likely face prison followed by removal from the U.S. It is important that he not plead guilty or even nolo contendre. His goal should be to bargain and reduce the offense to a lesser crime, if possible. This requires the combined talent of an experienced criminal defense attorney and knowledgeable immigration lawyer.
The herein content is for general informational purposes only, and may be predicated on incomplete facts. It should not be relied upon in making legal decisions or assessing your legal rights or risks. Neither does the herein reply create an attorney-client relationship.