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Criminal Law & Immigration

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When you are seeking to immigrate to the United States, it is crucial that you have a clean record. Even if you gain residency or have a valid green card, your status could be threatened if you are convicted of committing certain types of criminal activity. A criminal record or conviction may impede you from obtaining permanent resident status or could even result in you being deported from the country. If you are not a United States Citizen, it is imperative that you consult an immigration attorney experienced with criminal law to help reduce the chance you will be deported.

Unfortunately, deportation or removal hearings can have devastating effects. An immigration attorney experienced with criminal law will help ensure that you will have competent, aggressive representation in immigration courts.

You cannot afford to go through this time without proven and tough legal representation! That is exactly what you will find at the Law Office of Ashkan Yekrangi, P.C. While most misdemeanors cases do not lead to deportation, if you have a significant enough record, you could face other consequences. You need a seasoned Orange County immigration lawyer who can defend your name during this time!

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What crimes could I lose my green card over?

There are certain crimes that are considered more serious compared to other crimes. While a minor crime may result in a slap on the wrist, if you are convicted of a major crime, it could ultimately lead to your removal from the country. However, knowing what a deportable crime is requires the knowledge of an immigration attorney. Some crimes that appear "minor" may have drastic immigration consequences. Attorney Ashkan Yekrangi can step in to provide the proven deportation defense you need to protect your status.

Some crimes that can result in deportation:

  • Drug offenses
  • Theft / Robbery
  • Sexual assault
  • Fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Domestic violence
  • Alien smuggling
  • Murder or manslaughter
  • Firearms convictions

If your crime was a petty offense, or could be argued down to one, then you may be able to avoid deportation. There are many ways an immigration attorney can plea bargain with the prosecution to attempt to ensure your crime does not make you inadmissible or deportable. Criminal convictions can also play a role when you chose to naturalize to become a United States Citizen, and some crimes are a permanent bar to obtaining citizenship.

Post-Conviction Relief for Past Records

If you have a past criminal conviction, you may be able to use post-conviction relief to avoid deportation or immigration complications. Through post-conviction relief, you can work to vacate your conviction, or essentially withdraw your guilty plea. This is different than a simple expungement, because expungements are not recognized by immigration law.

How can you successfully secure post-conviction relief? You may be able to do this by demonstrating that you had ineffective legal counsel, were not properly warned about the consequences for your guilty plea, or that your charges were too severe.

Regardless of whether you are facing criminal charges or have already been convicted, it is crucial that you contact a knowledgeable Orange County immigration lawyer.