Protecting Your Immigration Status After Criminal Charges

If you are not a U.S. citizen, a criminal conviction can result in the loss of your permanent resident status (your green card) and may mean your removal (deportation) from the U.S. That is why your criminal defense attorney must understand the consequences of your criminal matter on your immigration status.

Many people are under the misconception that obtaining a green card prevents deportation. This is incorrect. A misdemeanor can mean deportation or grounds for inadmissibility if you leave the country, even if you are a permanent legal resident.

The U.S. government has prioritized the removal of immigrants convicted of crimes, especially violent crimes. If you are not a U.S. citizen, the prosecution may approach your case differently, and you may be facing penalties not applicable to U.S. citizens.

Still, immigrants have rights in the legal system, and being accused of a crime is not the same as committing a crime. But you must proactively assert your rights in both criminal defense and immigration law to avoid the enormous consequences that can come from a criminal conviction. At the Law Office of Lenore Glaser, we can help you navigate the complex laws that govern criminal prosecution of immigrants.

Practicing At The Crossroads Of Immigration And Criminal Defense

At the Law Office of Lenore Glaser, our team has provided knowledgeable representation for immigrants in Boston, Massachusetts, for decades. We defend immigrants of all types against criminal charges and removal proceedings, including:

  • Lawful permanent residents
  • Lawful nonimmigrants (visa holders)
  • Immigrants with temporary protected status (TPS)
  • Undocumented and out-of-status immigrants

The first step in your defense is to understand your criminal charges and their effect on your immigration status. The prosecution may not tell you about the consequences of a conviction, which is why you need representation by an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Help With Immigration Matters After A Guilty Plea

We also provide representation for immigrants who may have pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor or other crime without understanding its effect on their immigration status. If you pleaded guilty to a crime and are now facing deportation, do not delay in contacting us to discuss your legal options. You may be able to withdraw your guilty plea.

Aggressive Defense Against Criminal Charges And Removal Proceedings

At our firm, you will find a criminal defense and immigration lawyer with experience that few attorneys can match. To discuss your legal situation and the potential consequences of a conviction on your immigration status, contact our office at 617-849-9088.