When Immigration Status And Criminal Charges Meet
Crimmigration is a dynamic and growing field of law that deals with the overlap between criminal law and immigration law. It’s perhaps the most important development in immigration law today, as the war on terror has blurred the distinction between these two areas of law, becoming an often abusive social control tool for immigration law enforcement.
Many criminal law attorneys do not understand the differences between representing citizens and immigrants. Often immigration lawyers have to retain the counsel of a criminal attorney to assist them in handling crimmigration matters.
At the practice of Ruiz Law Firm, PLLC, our attorney is both an immigration law and criminal law attorney. He understands how the consequences of criminal activity affect immigration and how federal, state and local infrastructure, such as law enforcement and secure communities, are used for immigration enforcement. He knows how to identify illegitimate, illegal and unconstitutional use of the criminal justice system as a method of deportation and removal.
Why You May Need A Crimmigation Lawyer
If you or a loved one is a noncitizen facing criminal charges, a conviction can result in deportation. Even long-term residents are routinely deported from the U.S. for criminal convictions or long-ago offenses that have been discovered. A criminal record can also make you inadmissible to the U.S., preventing you from coming back to visit your friends or family. Even minor charges can affect your ability to get a green card.
If you are a U.S. citizen accused of helping immigrants get into the country, or providing housing for them, you may need a qualified crimmigration lawyer. It is a felony to assist someone who you know is in the U.S. illegally by providing transportation or shelter, or simply helping them get a job. If convicted, you can face jail time, fines and other serious penalties.
Protecting Your Case Against Charges And Convictions
If you are not a U.S. citizen, as soon as you are involved in a criminal matter it’s vital that you consult with a competent crimmigration attorney right away. How your criminal case is handled can directly affect your immigration status in the United States. Attorney Ruiz can review both your immigration and criminal immigration situations together to identify any overlapping issues and consequences. Even a minor criminal issue can affect immigration status, including a dismissed case.
Before filing any papers, attorney Ruiz can analyze prior arrests and convictions. Once this is done, he can help you to take the necessary steps to reduce the negative effects of convictions and protect your immigration status.
Get Guidance Through Criminal Issues
Contact the Ruiz Law Firm, PLLC, as soon as you know you are in trouble with the law. Our bilingual staff will schedule a free meeting with crimmigration lawyer Ruiz to get your questions answered and determine how he can help you. Timing is critical in crimmigration cases, so don’t delay. Call our offices at (832) 770-8091 or contact the firm online.
We also strive to help with the immigration process for family members.