Criminal Convictions for Immigrants
Having a criminal conviction on your record may cause your application for an immigration benefit to be denied by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). Criminal backgrounds can also lead to orders for deportation or removal.
Criminal Convictions and Immigration Consequences
In the recent 2010 case Padilla v. Kentucky, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that criminal defense attorneys must advise non-citizen clients about the deportation risks of a guilty plea. Where deportation will clearly result, Padilla v. Kentucky requires criminal defense attorneys tell their clients that a conviction “will” trigger deportation, not that it simply “might” result in deportation.
Contact the immigration and criminal defense attorneys at Keyser Law Firm for a free consultation of your immigration case and whether your criminal convictions can be reopened. We can aggressively challenge your criminal conviction in district court by arguing that your guilty plea should be withdrawn because you were not properly advised of your immigration rights and potential deportation consequences.