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Committing a crime as a non-citizen can jeopardize your status as an immigrant in the United States. As such, if you are not a lawful resident, you must contact a New York City immigration lawyer as soon as possible to explore your options. Unfortunately, when a non-citizen commits a crime, they may try to navigate this process on their own, which can severely impact the outcome of their immigration case. As such, you must connect with an attorney as soon as possible to explore your options.

If a Non-Citizen Commits a Crime, What Consequences Can They Face?

In the event you commit a crime, it’s imperative to know that regardless of whether it’s a misdemeanor or felony offense, this can directly impact your immigration status. Depending on the severity of the crime you have committed, you can face deportation. Even if your crime is dismissed, being charged can still impact your immigration status.

Additionally, if you have received lawful permanent residence, you are not exempt from facing deportation. Committing a crime of moral turpitude within five years of receiving this status change can result in deportation.

Generally, crimes that warrant deportation include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Rape
  • Sexual abuse of a minor
  • Arson
  • Child pornography
  • Murder
  • Human trafficking
  • Kidnapping
  • Domestic violence
  • Money laundering
  • Aggravated Assault

In addition, if you have multiple criminal convictions, commit certain firearm offenses, flee at high speeds from an immigration checkpoint, fail to register as a sex offender, or violate the terms of a restraining order, you are at risk of deportation.

What Else Should I Know?

When you are accused of a crime, you should know that, as previously mentioned, the charges against you can be dropped, but you can still face deportation. This is because Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can ask the local courts to drop the charges against you to expedite your removal from the country.

However, some “petty” charges will not influence your immigration status. Generally, if you commit a crime like shoplifting, disorderly conduct, or any offense that warrants under six months in jail, you likely will not face deportation. However, if you’ve been convicted of multiple crimes, this can still be a threat.

Regardless, if you are charged with a crime, it’s imperative to connect with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Because your citizenship is on the line, working with an immigration attorney is critical.

At the Law Office of Jason A. Dennis, our dedicated legal team will work with you to explore all your options. We understand the severity of these matters and will do everything possible to assist you. Connect with us today to learn how our firm can fight for you during these challenging times.