Be advised that many otherwise minor criminal charges such as shoplifting, petty larceny, minor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor domestic violence can result in your removal, deportation and inadmissibility.
It is critical that you understand your situation from the very beginning of your case. Upon your first contact with our office, you will be asked about your immigration status. It is important that you provide accurate and honest information so that we can plan your criminal defense accordingly.
Unfortunately, there may be many otherwise good options that are unavailable to you. There are several categories of criminal charges that can result in your automatic removal, deportation and inadmissibility. These include charges involving drugs/controlled substances, domestic violence, aggravated felonies and crimes of moral turpitude. You need to know whether your case falls within one of these categories and you need to know immediately.
Crimes of moral turpitude cover a broad range of charges from very serious charges to seemingly trivial misdemeanor cases. There is a long list of cases that are classified as crimes of moral turpitude. The list has some pretty surprising entries such as shoplifting, petty larceny, bad checks, assault, and even obscenity. The list is long and classification of your charge as a crime of moral turpitude makes your legal defense much more challenging than would be the case with similarly situated citizens. There may simply be no available plea options. Even pleas ultimately resulting in the dismissal of your charges can result in removal, deportation and inadmissibility.
If you are a non-citizen facing criminal charges, even if you have been in the United States for 30 years, bought a house, raised a family, established a successful business, and otherwise led the life of a model citizen, you need to take even the most minor charges quite seriously. The immigration consequences could prove disastrous for you and your family.