As readers of our blog, our law office in Harrisonburg, Virginia, handles immigration cases. Among the cases we handle, we represent immigrants in this country who are facing deportation for a number of reasons.
One reason a person can be deported, even if they otherwise have authorization to live in the United States, is his or her conviction for certain types of crimes. To give one example, a non-citizen who commits what the United States deems a crime of moral turpitude can lead to deportation.
While crimes of moral turpitude include things like murder and rape, obviously serious offenses, they also include lesser offenses like theft or fraud, even if these charges are related to shoplifting or writing a bad check. Basically, any crime which could lead to more than a year in jail, even if the actual punishment is far less, can lead to deportation.
Just about any criminal conviction related to domestic violence or child abuse or neglect can also mean a person is deportable. Likewise, just about any offense involving the possession of even a small quantity of illegal drugs, with the exception of marijuana, can lead to deportation.
While help may be available after a person gets convicted but before he or she gets removed from the country, the best protection against deportation may be to mount an effective criminal defense against any charges that could affect one’s immigration status.
Oftentimes, for a number of reasons, non-citizens may find themselves facing criminal charges that are either exaggerated or downright untrue. In other cases, police may have violated the Constitution, which, incidentally, applies even when police are working with someone who is not a citizen of the United States.