For noncitizens and green card holders, arrest for a crime has implications beyond any penalties for the crime — it can result in deportation. An immigrant who is convicted of a crime of moral turpitude or an aggravated felony risks deportation.
At Godoy Law Office, attorney Mario A. Godoy brings extensive experience in both criminal defense law and immigration law to cases in which there is a crossover of both practice areas. We will work to minimize the impact of any criminal charge against you, with a primary focus on keeping your green card status intact and allowing you to remain in the U.S. Mr. Godoy also defends immigrants in federal removal proceedings.
We bring a personal approach to every case. We will explain your legal options and potential outcomes in a language that is easy to understand.
U.S. immigration law loosely defines the term “crime of moral turpitude,” making it difficult to list exact crimes that may result in deportation proceedings. These crimes typically involve fraud, larceny or intent to harm a victim. Anything from assault and theft to drug possession, drunk driving or domestic violence may be considered a crime of moral turpitude.
We will review the facts of your case and determine the best strategy for defending you in both criminal court and immigration courts if a criminal charge results in deportation proceedings. It may be possible to have the charges dismissed or reduced, allowing you to retain your freedom as well as your immigration status.
Too often, a criminal defense attorney for green card holders who does not fully understand immigration law may recommend a legal strategy that resolves the criminal matter adequately, but fails to address immigration repercussions. That is why it is critical to work with a lawyer like Mr. Godoy, who has a comprehensive knowledge of both practice areas.
Immediate action is essential in addressing criminal charges that may negatively impact one’s immigration status. If you or a loved one is in this situation, call 800-264-2752 or 312-445-0591
or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting. We work with clients throughout greater Chicago from offices in Chicago and Oak Brook.