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Criminal Law and Arrests Involving Non-Citizens

illegal-immigrationThe Federal Government’s “get tough” policies on immigration-related issues is creating havoc for hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of non-citizens wanting to remain in the United States. An ever increasing number of people in South Florida are being deported, sometimes years after being found guilty of the types of criminal offenses which, prior to the 1996 enactment of two immigration reform laws, were frequently overlooked by U.S. immigration officials.

Aliens granted temporary stays for academic studies or temporary work and legal permanent residents (LPR’s) face devastating consequences when arrested for the types of criminal offenses which have significantly less life-disrupting impact on U.S. Citizens.

Convictions for a number of criminal offenses, including but not limited to those listed below, jeopardize one’s ability to remain in the United States:

  • Certain DUI offenses, including circumstances involving only misdemeanor charges;
  • Crimes of violence for which a possible imprisonment term is at least one year in duration;
  • Any theft offense (including non-violent shoplifting or the receipt of stolen property) having a possible imprisonment term exceeding one year in duration;
  • Crimes involving controlled substances / illegal drugs other than possession (without intent to sell / distribute) 30 grams or less of marijuana;
  • Certain offenses involving prostitution, gambling, pornography; commercialized vices and certain misdemeanor sexual acts;
  • An offense relating to a failure to appear in court to answer to certain types of felony charges.
  • Two or more convictions arising from offenses involving moral turpitude offenses.
West Palm Beach Immigration Criminal Defense Attorney

A criminal arrest spells trouble for anybody; it is a especially serious problem for non-citizens. When arrested, you not only need a sound defense on the criminal case, you also need the advice of an experienced immigration lawyer to protect you from the separate risk of deportation.

The law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A. in West Palm Beach, is committed to representing legal and illegal immigrants facing criminal charges and possible deportation. We use our extensive experience in immigration criminal defense to protect the rights of immigrants charged with:

  • Drug crimes
  • DUI
  • Assault
  • Theft
  • Animal cruelty
  • Weapons charges
  • And other crimes against morality

Many crimes result in multiple criminal charges. If charged with drunk driving you may also receive a speeding ticket, a reckless endangerment charge or a manslaughter charge if someone was killed in an accident. You can remain in the United States with one criminal charge. If you have more than one, the possibility of deportation is high.

At the law office of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., we take immigration criminal charges seriously. If you are an immigrant and are charged with a crime, contact our office today. We will seek to have your case dismissed (nolle prossed).

Free consultation 24/7: Call West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at (561) 832-1170. Se habla español.

Senators Reach Agreement on Immigration Reform

A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws.

The deal, which was to be announced at a news conference Monday afternoon, covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.

According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, the senators will call for accomplishing four goals:

  • Creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already here, contingent upon securing the border and better tracking of people here on visas.
  • Reforming the legal immigration system, including awarding green cards to immigrants who obtain advanced degrees in science, math, technology or engineering from an American university.
  • Creating an effective employment verification system to ensure that employers do not hire illegal immigrants.
  • Allowing more low-skill workers into the country and allowing employers to hire immigrants if they can demonstrate they couldn’t recruit a U.S. citizen; and establishing an agricultural worker program.

The principles being released Monday are outlined on just over four pages, leaving plenty of details left to fill in. What the senators do call for is similar to Obama’s goals and some past efforts by Democrats and Republicans, since there’s wide agreement in identifying problems with the current immigration system. The most difficult disagreement is likely to arise over how to accomplish the path to citizenship.

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