Immigration Crime Lawyer in New Jersey

Unwavering Defense for Immigrants Accused of Crimes

An individual accused of a serious criminal violation could be penalized with harsh punishments metered out by the criminal justice system. For an immigrant or green card holder accused of a crime, matters are even worse, as penalties could include deportation. Additionally, a judge, jury, or prosecutor may be inclined to presume an immigrant is guilty until proven innocent, rather than the other way around.

If you are being targeted by a criminal investigation, or if you have been accused of violating a requirement of immigration law, it is crucial that you speak with a reputable New Jersey immigration crime attorney at your first opportunity. Call 973.814.4408 to reach me, Attorney Simone Bertollini, and tell me what has happened so I can tell you what you should do next.


For additional information, ask about scheduling a case evaluation with my firm.


Criminal Convictions That Could Get You Deported

A criminal conviction of any sort on a green card holder’s record could potentially hurt his or her immigration status. Several crimes in particular are guaranteed to negatively impact your immigration status, most likely involving deportation from the country as an additional punishment. Crimes belonging to this category are called “deportable crimes.”

A deportable crime is considered a crime of “moral turpitude”, or one that shows little or no regard to the wellbeing of others. A high-level felony of any sort, even if no one is directly harmed by the crime, can also constitute a deportable crime.

Crimes that can include deportation as a penalty are:

  • Child abuse
  • Kidnapping
  • Conspiracy
  • Sexual assault or rape
  • Murder or manslaughter
  • Fraud or grand theft

The higher level the crime, the more likely deportation will be used within the penalties if convicted and sentenced. There is nothing that absolutely demands an immigrant or green card holder be deported, though. With the help of a New Jersey immigration crime lawyer, it might be possible to remove deportation from the sentencing of any crime, even including aggravated felonies.

Set Your Defense Up for Success

In an immigrant crime case, the government may need to provide a higher preponderance of evidence than in comparison to other criminal defense cases. This means that it must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that you were the person who committed the crime in question. I can use this requirement to your advantage, building defenses based on mistaken identity, misunderstandings, exaggerations, and outright false accusations. The defense I use will be based on your individual case, not something that has been premanufactured.

Part of my immigration defense process includes looking for reasons outside of your defense case as to why you should not be deported. For example, if your home country is no longer safe for you to live in, deporting you would be an unreasonable and unjust punishment, no matter the conviction.


Contact my firm and speak to a New Jersey immigration crime lawyer right away.


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