If you are not a citizen of the United States and are charged with a crime, it may have an effect on your immigration status. If you are a lawful permanent resident, or are here on a temporary visa, certain categories of crimes can make you either "inadmissible" or "deportable." Being declared inadmissible means you are not permitted to travel abroad and reenter the United States. If you do so, deportation proceedings may be initiated against you. If you are deportable, the Department of U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) may initiate deportation proceedings against you. If your immigration status is illegal and you are taken into jail, many times an ICE hold will be placed on you. Furthermore, if you are seeking citizenship, certain categories of crimes may bar a finding of good moral character for up to five (5) years.
The most common categories of crimes that may make one inadmissible or deportable are Crimes of Moral Turpitude, Crimes involving Controlled Substances and Crimes of Domestic Violence. If you are charged with a crime in these categories, it is extremely important to discuss your options with a qualified Florida Keys Criminal Defense Attorney. Even a "withhold of adjudication," which is not a conviction in criminal court, will still be considered a conviction in immigration proceedings.
The Florida Keys Criminal Defense attorneys at Robertson & Hunter, LLP will fully explain your options to you. If you have been charged with a crime and have concerns as to how the charge will effect your immigration status, contact the Key West Criminal Defense attorneys at Robertson & Hunter, LLP today.