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How can a criminal charge affect your life in the U.S.?

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

Did you know that even minor convictions could have negative consequences that influence your right to stay in the United States? If you’re facing allegations of committing a crime, it’s time to take action to defend yourself.

Not only will you want to talk to a criminal defense attorney, you’ll also want to have a chat with someone who understands the risk to you since you’re an immigrant. There are steps that can be taken to protect your right to stay in the country, so you don’t have to risk deportation over an offense or can make an argument to stay if deportation is a risk to you.

How can getting a conviction hurt your life in the United States?

If you’re convicted of a crime, you should know that it could negatively impact your ability to obtain a work visa or citizenship. If you are not a citizen, there is a risk that you could be deported, too, if the criminal offense is severe enough.

Will you be deported for a criminal offense?

It’s possible, but it doesn’t always happen. Sometimes if your offense is a misdemeanor, you can get that conviction, pay a fine, and stay in the country. However, there are times when a misdemeanor is serious enough to result in deportation.

In reality, it depends on how the crime is classified, if people were hurt by your actions, if this was a repeat offense and other factors.

Even if you are charged with a felony, deportation isn’t the only possibility. It can happen, but generally it will not unless the crime is one of moral turpitude. That being said, you don’t want to take the risk, which is why having a strong defense against the allegations and fighting against the penalties is vital.

You deserve an opportunity to fight and protect your interests

No matter what you’re accused of, you have a right to fight and protect your own best interests. If you take a stand, you may be able to defend yourself against the charges and avoid any risk of deportation or other harsh penalties that you don’t want to deal with.