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How Does a Felony Affect Your Immigration Status?

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It is important to know that various things can affect your immigration status, such as a felony conviction. Immigration officials could deport you or downgrade your status if you were convicted of a felony or a serious crime. Our Orange County immigration attorneys explain what a felony can do to your immigration status.

What Crimes Are Considered a Felony?

Under immigration law, there are a wide variety of acts that are considered removable offenses, according to the U.S. government. An aggravated felony under immigration law was narrowed down to crimes such as the following:

  • Murder
  • Federal drug trafficking
  • Illicit trafficking of firearms and incendiary devices
  • Battery
  • Theft
  • Filing fraudulent tax returns
  • Failing to appear in court
  • Consensual sex between a minor

Once an immigrant has been convicted of a felony, they immediately become deportable. If you are a legal permanent resident recently convicted of a felony, you may be detained during removal proceedings and could be subject to 20 years in prison. If you are a refugee, you may be deported after a criminal conviction, even if you face persecution in your home country. Non-citizens would no longer be allowed in the United States and would be deported.

Orange County Deportation Defense Lawyers

If you were convicted of a felony or other crime, you need an experienced attorney on your side. An attorney can analyze your case and help you determine which options are available for you. Our Orange County immigration attorneys have helped individuals and families remain in the U.S. and fix their immigration problems. We can help you determine the best course of action and create a strong defense on your behalf. Let our team help you with your case from beginning to end.

Contact our Orange County immigration attorneys today at (949) 478-4963 to schedule a case review!

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