Non-Citizens and Criminal Law

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Individuals who are trying to get citizenship or temporary residency in the United States undergo extensive background checks. If they have committed a serious crime before arriving in the U.S., or commit one after arriving, there could be serious consequences.

  • ContentCan I Be Deported if I Am on a Student Visa and Committed a Crime

    Foreign nationals that commit crimes in the United States while on a student visa can suffer multiple penalties for the actions if charged or convicted with the illegal activity. Deportation is often one of the options that could occur to punish the person, and it is imperative to hire a lawyer to defend against the charges and immigration authorities.

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  • ContentEffect Felonies Have on Immigration Status

    When individuals commit crimes, they may not think clearly about the potential consequences of committing a crime. For many people, these consequences are often severe, including the possibility of being imprisoned or having to pay large fines. The consequences are even more severe for individuals who are not citizens.

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  • ContentDUI Consequences and Immigration

    Individuals who are not citizens of the United States must undergo extensive background checks before they are admitted, while they are applying for adjustment of status and after they have been granted lawful presence. If they are convicted of a crime such as DUI, there can be significant consequences.

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  • ContentImmigration Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction

    Individuals who are not United States citizens risk being removed from the country if they are convicted of certain crimes. A conviction for a domestic violence crime can affect the ability of an immigrant to remain in the United States. It can also impact his or her ability to re-enter the country after leaving or traveling.

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  • ContentNot a U.S. Citizen - Can I Be Deported if I Am Convicted of a Crime?

    Individuals who do not have citizenship status do not have as many rights as citizens and must constantly worry about whatever immigration status they have being stripped away from them. Being convicted of a crime may very well mean that an individual can be deported from the United States. Being aware of these consequences from the beginning of the case can help individuals make more informed choices.

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  • ContentWhat Crimes Qualify for Extradition?

    Extradition is when one state or country provides a person that committed a crime in that other location so that he or she will face criminal trial or penalties in that area. For a crime to qualify for extradition, it generally depends on the state or country involved in the criminal process and what type of justice system exists there.

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  • ContentWaiving Extradition - What Are the Legal Consequences?

    Extradition involves the removal of one person to another location because that state or country has jurisdiction over the criminal matters where the state of residence does not. The crime the accused faces involve a warrant for arrest and charges which usually lead to a criminal investigation and trial in a courtroom in a state where he or she does not live.

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  • ContentInternational Crimes and Extradition

    When someone has been accused of a crime, he or she is usually provided the right of a fair trial. However, some of these situations involve extradition to his or her country of origin, and this could lead to complications in ensuring he or she has been punished in accordance with the international courts.

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  • ContentU.S. Passport Seized Pending Possible Deportation - Will it Be Returned?

    When a foreign national is in the United States, the Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency (ICE) may detain the person if he or she is a suspect in a crime. It is crucial that the individual contact immigration services or a lawyer versed in immigration matters before seeking any action that may lead for further consequences.

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