There are severe immigration consequences that result from criminal convictions. In fact, the immigration consequences in many instances may be more serious than the criminal consequences.
A criminal conviction, even for a minor misdemeanor or infraction, can result in the following:
- deportation and exclusion from the United States
- denial of naturalization
- ineligibility for various immigration benefits or relief from removal
- permanently barring an individual from lawfully returning to the United States.
Therefore, it is important to obtain legal advice from criminal defense counsel and/or immigration counsel regarding the immigration consequences of any pending criminal matter. Click here for more information on Public Defender Services.