If you are not a United States or naturalized United States citizen, a criminal conviction
may affect your immigration status. If you are convicted of any crime considered an
aggravated felony, you will be deported. The INS does not care if you grew up in
this country, speak English, and all your family lives in the United States, or that you
know no one in your country of origin. The law allows no leeway or remedy if you are
convicted of an aggravated felony.
Additionally, certain crimes are considered crimes of moral turpitude. If you are
convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, INS may try to deport you. Depending on your
conviction and criminal history, you may be eligible for a waiver of deportation.
The immigration consequences are too many and too complicated to explain here.
Ms. Garcia is concerned for you and your family and would work to avoid harsh
immigration consequences for you such as a deportation or sitting in INS jail. Based on
her experience in federal court and her knowledge of immigration laws, Ms. Garcia will
take care of both your criminal case and any immigration consequences.