Harrisburg/York Criminal Defense Attorney Reflections: Criminal Convictions & Immigration Consequences
If you are NOT a U.S. citizen and criminal charges have been filed against you, your problem is much BIGGER than just the possible criminal penalties, such as, jail, probation/parole, fines, and/or costs. Depending upon your status in the U.S. and the surrounding circumstances, a number of criminal charges could result in potential deportation if you are convicted by a finding of guilt or guilty plea/no contest plea.
Know Your Rights
Any person charged with a crime should know their rights. Without knowing your rights, you cannot protect your interests. However, if your criminal charges can also result in negative immigration consequences, you must develop an understanding of both the potential criminal, as well as immigration, penalties you could face.
Protect Your Interests
You should speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney concerning your rights and options. You need a lawyer whose practice is focused on criminal defense and has an understanding of the potential immigration consequences. We have experience successfully negotiating results for people who have faced criminal charges that upon conviction would result in deportation and/or ineligibility for re-entry.
A Step-By-Step Approach
If you have been charged with a crime, the first step is to address the criminal case at the earliest possible stage beginning with your Preliminary Hearing, if possible. This will allow us to obtain a grasp on the facts of your case and build a solid, strategic foundation to put us in the best position to achieve your overall objective. During the process, we will consider both the criminal and immigration consequences of your options to ensure that you can make an informed and educated decision.
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