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Crimmigration: What Is It – Why Is It Important?

If you are a non-citizen who has been charged with a 1st-time crime or has been convicted of a 1st offense, your criminal defense attorney must know both immigration and criminal law so that you don’t lose your Green Card – or face deportation. Immigrants and non-citizens who charged with a crime should be careful to hire a criminal defense attorney with experience in both immigration and criminal law. Crimmigration is the practice of criminal defense law for immigrants and non-citizens by lawyers who understand the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

Crimmigration: Where Immigration and Criminal Defense Law Intersect

Non-citizens who face criminal charges also can have immigration penalties. Before the 1980s, citizens and non-citizens who were charged with a crime were punished the same, regardless of citizenship status. Today, immigrants and non-citizens who are facing a criminal charge can also lose their immigration status, including the loss of a Green Card or even deportation. Often, immigration criminal cases involve state agencies and a myriad of federal agencies such as ICE, CBP, USCIS, EOIR and the U.S. Attorney.

Don’t Let Criminal Charges End Your American Dream

Godoy Law Office’s experience in criminal law as a former assistant state’s attorney and dedication to immigration law gives us a distinct advantage that allows us to fight zealously on your behalf. 

Small offenses can have serious, long-term consequences for non-citizens. Know your rights, and protect your rights. If you or a loved one are charged with a crime, call an experienced crimmigration legal team with specialized knowledge of both criminal and immigration law. Our attorneys at Godoy Law Office practice criminal defense and immigration law. Call us today at 630-912-0322.

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