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Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions

Published on: 3/13/2013 4:14 PM

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.