Chicago Immigration and Naturalization Law Blog

House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill: Cannabis Remains Illegal Federally
Mario A. Godoy

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a marijuana legalization bill on April 1, 2022, however, cannabis remains illegal and a federal crime. Even t...

Should I Disclose An Expunged Criminal History When Applying for Naturalization?
Mario A. Godoy

A criminal record can cause you problems for years – even decades – during a routine criminal background check for employment or housing, ...

FAQs: What Is A Padilla Appeal?
Mario A. Godoy

There are serious immigration consequences if a non-citizen is convicted or accused of a crime. Most criminal defense attorneys do not know the immigr...

Court Rules Low-Level Marijuana Crimes Are Not Cause For Deportation
Mario A. Godoy

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a low-level marijuana crime conviction is not grounds for deportation for an immigrant legally living in the Unit...

Can I Apply for Citizenship If I Have a Conviction?
Mario A. Godoy

Non-citizens who are charged or convicted of a crime have serious immigration consequences. Non-citizens – including Green Card holders – who ...

Can I lose my job for a positive marijuana test? Cannabis is legal in Illinois!
Mario A. Godoy

Workers in Illinois can lose their job due to a positive marijuana test. Marijuana recreational use is legal in Illinois – but cannabis use is s...

Immigration, Marijuana Legalization and Criminalization in Illinois
Mario A. Godoy

18 months ago, on January 1, 2020, Illinois legalized cannabis use and became the 11th state to legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana fo...

What Should I Do If I Have An Order Of Protection Filed Against Me?
Mario A. Godoy

What Is An Order of Protection? An Order of Protection (OP) is a court order to restrict a person accused of domestic abuse from contacting the person...

Have You Been Charged With Domestic Violence?
Mario A. Godoy

If you are accused of spousal abuse or domestic violence in Illinois, it is critical that you contact a critical defense attorney right away. Domestic...

Illinois Judge Reverses INS Notification for Convictions of Foreign Defendants
Mario A. Godoy

Sixth Circuit Chief Judge Randy Rosenbaum reversed a 1995 order that required probation officers in the six counties of the Sixth Circuit to contact t...

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