Generally speaking, the prospect of facing criminal charges is a harrowing experience that no individual wants to go through. Facing steep fines or even the deprivation of liberty is not a prospect that any of us are ever fully prepared to deal with. Regarding visa-holders and prospective immigrants however, criminal charges represent another terrifying dimension – the prospect of deportation. Even worse, some relatively minor violations can trigger removal proceedings against you and can destroy your future eligibility for naturalization. Therefore you need a skilled attorney with experience in both criminal defense as well as immigration law defending your interests right away.

Removal Proceedings

Removal proceedings, or “deportation” as they are commonly known, is the process of the U.S. government determining that an alien — that is, a non-U.S. citizen, whether in the U.S. illegally or with a green card — must be removed from the United States. The removal process is complicated, and the result of these proceedings may have very serious long-term impact on any aspirations you may have for eventual U.S. citizenship. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for commencing a removal proceeding, often through its Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division, known as ICE.

Violations of U.S. immigration laws or criminal convictions may lead to removal proceedings. These include:

  • Entering the U.S. illegally
  • Violating nonimmigrant status, such as working with the B-1 Visa
  • Entering the U.S. as an inadmissible alien
  • Committing marriage fraud to enter or remain in the U.S.
  • Aiding others to enter the United States illegally
  • Falsifying immigration documents
  • Being convicted of a crime of moral turpitude

If you have been ordered removed, or have a removal order pending against you, then legal representation is essential to develop a defense strategy, preserve your rights, and to present the strongest case possible before the court to defend yourself. If you cannot successfully dispute the allegations and there is no relief from removal available to you, a final alternative to being deported is to request permission to voluntary depart. Leaving the U.S. in this manner typically has fewer consequences than an actual order of removal. Most importantly, your record will not have a removal order on it, which leads to an automatic bar on reentry to the U.S. for a number of years, with the exact number dependent on the reason you were removed. However, you should only view voluntary departure as an absolute last resort.

Lijt Law – The Immigration Defense Attorneys You Need

Removal proceedings are a terrifying prospect and one that will have an extreme impact on your life in both the short and long terms. Your only option is to fight back by retaining an immigration defense lawyer who knows all the complex details that need consideration when planning your next move. Lijt Law is no stranger to defending new immigrants in all manner of criminal proceedings and is ever mindful of what a conviction or negotiated plea deal will mean for an individual’s immigration goals in the present and the future. If you are a prospective immigrant, or a current visa holder facing criminal charges in the Los Angeles or Southern California area, it is absolutely critical that you obtain a free consultation with Lijt Law as soon as humanly possible to discuss what your options are, and develop a realistic plan of attack. You have no time to lose, Call Lijt Law now.

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