Criminal arrests can be an especially serious problem for noncitizens. You not only need a sound defense on the criminal case, you also need the advice of an experienced immigration lawyer to protect you from the separate risk of deportation. To learn about the best ways to keep your criminal defense problem from interfering with your residence or immigration status, contact the Law Office of Cheryl R. David in New York City.
Working Hard to Protect Your Immigration Status
Our law firm advises immigrants and their families about the consequences criminal charges may have on one’s ability to remain in the United States. We review your immigration status and the nature of the criminal charges you are facing, as well as previous criminal history to find the best way to avoid deportation. Although we don’t represent clients on criminal charges, we work with criminal defense lawyers to make sure that their efforts on your behalf do not make it worse for your immigration status.
For an immigrant in jail on criminal charges, there is a strong risk that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer will place a detainer against you. That means that even if you’re bailed out on the local criminal charge, you can be sent to ICE detention while the immigration authorities consider whether to seek your removal from the U.S. It is crucial to discuss the best strategy on when to pay a criminal bond, as the payment of a criminal bond may result in an individual’s immediate detention by immigration.
Helping to Minimize the Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
A criminal conviction may result in the loss of your green card or temporary work visa. If you are applying for permanent resident status, your criminal record could make you ineligible. At the Law Office of Cheryl R. David, our goal is to make sure that your immigration interests are protected to the greatest extent possible while your criminal defense lawyer works to minimize your exposure to punishment. Moreover, we explain the risks of applying for a green card or visa if you already have a criminal conviction.
Contact Our NYC Lawyers for Immigration Arrests
We can also help arrested immigrants who are in ICE detention. We work on your defense to removal proceedings related to the criminal case. To learn how our experience with the immigration consequences of criminal charges can help you and your family, contact the Law Office of Cheryl R. David in New York City.