Crimes and Immigration
New Jersey Immigration Attorney
If you are applying for a visa to the United States, or if you want to maintain a valid immigration status, a criminal record can cause major problems. A criminal conviction could result in removal proceedings or denial of a visa application.
At my firm, you can trust that I am thoroughly dedicated to ensuring that my clients receive favorable outcomes for their immigration cases. Being tried and convicted of a crime could mean that you lose your eligibility status for immigration, and your application for admission or Visa renewal could be denied. Even if you are already living in the United States, a criminal conviction may have you facing deportation. By working with a
New Jersey immigration attorney from my firm, you can protect your immigration status.
Crimes That Warrant Deportation
If you are convicted of a crime, you will not only be penalized with jail time and fines, but you may be facing removal. In the United States, immigrants who are legally residing in the country with a valid Visa or Green Card can be deported if they are convicted of a crime of moral turpitude or an aggravated felony, including:
- False statements to law enforcement or federal agent
- Evidence tampering
- Aggravated assault
- Negligent homicide
While lesser crimes may still leave you facing deportation, a conviction for an aggravated felony will almost immediately affect your immigration status. Lawful permanent residents that are convicted of a crime of moral turpitude can avoid deportation by applying for a Waiver.
Fight deportation by securing representation by an attorney from the Law Offices of Simone Bertollini.
What are Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude (CIMT)?
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) describes moral turpitude as a "nebulous concept," and one that "refers generally to conduct that shocks the public conscience as being inherently base, vile, or depraved, contrary to the rules of morality and the duties owed between man and man, either one's fellow man or society in general." Also, the crime must have been committed with either an "evil intent" or by acting recklessly.
Certain crimes are considered Aggravated Felonies, which include crimes of violence or theft offense (including receipt of stolen property) that impose at least one year of incarceration.A good criminal defense attorney is often able to negotiate a plea agreement to an offense that is not a CIMT or an Aggravated Felony.
Aggressive Defense Representation for Your Case
Whether you are a legal resident of the United States or an individual who is applying for a visa with a criminal past, turn to my firm. At the Law Offices of Simone Bertollini, I can take immediate action in obtaining as much information as possible about your case and start developing an effective plan of action. I have experience defending clients in deportation cases and those charged with Federal Immigration crimes.