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Criminal charges have an immediate impact on any person’s life, and the possibility of a conviction may have profound consequences. This is especially true when the alleged offenders are immigrants who are not yet legal citizens of the United States.
As a result of the United States Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Padilla v. Commonwealth of Kentucky, lawyers can no longer refrain from discussing immigration consequences when representing clients who are not legal citizens. Attorneys are required to give their clients some advice about deportation risks, whether it is notifying them that deportation will or may result from a conviction.
Are you an immigrant to the United States who is now facing criminal charges in South Florida? Meltzer & Bell, P.A. can provide you with a full understanding of the nature of your alleged offense and fight to achieve the most favorable outcome. We handle a wide variety of criminal cases, although we do not represent people in specific immigration matters.
Our Palm Beach County immigrant defense attorneys represent clients in Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington, Riviera Beach, and Greenacres as well as several surrounding areas. Call (561) 283-3259 right now to have our firm review your case during a free, confidential consultation.
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) establishes the procedures that are used to determine whether an immigrant can be removed from the United States. The procedures vary, depending on the specific circumstances of the immigrant’s legal status. Generally, most immigrants are entitled to formal proceedings before immigration judges, but some immigrants are not entitled to such hearings and can be ordered to be removed from the country.
There are essentially two types of possible actions:
The following types of crimes can be grounds for deportation of immigrants if they are convicted:
The Department of Homeland Security reserves the right to remove immigrants for alleged criminal conduct, even in cases that do not result in convictions. Some examples of these types of crimes include, but are not limited to:
Deportation and inadmissibility are not the only possible consequences of guilty pleas. Depending on the crime to which an immigrant pleads guilty, he or she could possibly face:
If you are not yet a legal citizen of the United States but were recently arrested for any kind of crime in South Florida, it is critical for you to have dedicated legal counsel. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represents immigrants in such areas as Royal Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Jupiter, Boynton Beach, and Lake Worth.
Our West Palm Beach immigrant defense attorneys make themselves available 24 hours a day, seven days a week so we are constantly available to our clients. We can review your case during a free consultation when you call (561) 283-3259 today.
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