Chicago-area Criminal Convictions and Accusations Immigration Attorneys
If you are accused of a crime and you are not a U.S. citizen, it is crucial to consult with an experienced immigration attorney. Criminal charges and convictions can have serious consequences for your immigration status. Immigration law is unforgiving, and these consequences cannot usually be reversed. At Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C. we are skilled in helping clients minimize the immigration consequences of criminal charges and convictions. We work with Chicago-area criminal defense attorneys to avoid case outcomes that lead to immigration inadmissibility or deportation.
Consequences of Criminal Prosecution on Immigration
How a criminal charge or conviction will affect your immigration benefits depends on the nature of the charge and the outcome of the case. You can obtain a waiver for charges of possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana. Many other criminal charges, however, can lead to removal and/or make one inadmissible. Before you enter a plea deal, it is important to understand if and how your immigration benefits will be affected. You cannot reverse a conviction simply because it caused immigration consequences you did not foresee. Likewise, expunging a conviction is of no benefit to immigration proceedings. In fact, an expungement may actually do more harm than good because it is difficult to prove the actual circumstances of the expunged conviction.
If you are a non-citizen facing criminal charges, get it right the first time and contact us to discuss your case. While it can be overwhelming to deal with the immediate stress of a criminal prosecution it is important to look at the big picture and what a conviction will mean for your immigration status both in the short and long term. Our firm offers compassionate and cost-effective legal counsel to immigration clients in the Chicago area.