Immigrants Facing Criminal Charges In San Francisco

For noncitizens who live and work in the U.S., the consequences of a criminal conviction or plea agreement may be far more serious than the direct penal consequences of the crime. Conviction of a crime or acceptance of a plea agreement can result in deportation, even if the agreement specifies no jail time. If you're applying for permanent residence status, your criminal record could keep you from getting it.

Clearly, it is critical for any immigrant who faces criminal charges to work with a lawyer who understands the full implications of a conviction or a plea offer.

Attorney Angeli R. Fitch of Fitch Law Office, in San Francisco, California, works closely with top-tier immigration lawyers to develop a legal strategy that will produce the best possible outcome in your criminal matter while protecting against any undesirable consequences in terms of your immigration status.

Immigration And Criminal Record Attorney

The following crimes are some of the basic criminal grounds for deportation from the U.S. or inadmissibility of immigrants:

  • Crimes of moral turpitude
  • Controlled substance law violation
  • Two or more convictions
  • Conviction of an aggravated felony
  • Domestic violence, stalking or child abuse/neglect/abandonment
  • Espionage or sabotage

In some cases, it is possible to have a criminal record cleared or modified so that it does not adversely affect immigration status. This is known as post-conviction relief, and it may be the solution you need to minimize the impact and protect your rights to remain in the U.S.

The most common basis for relief in a petition for post-conviction relief is that a client did not receive effective assistance of counsel in connection with a guilty plea, at trial, at sentencing or on appeal. In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that criminal defense attorneys must inform their noncitizen clients of immigration consequences that can arise after a guilty plea. Under this ruling, a noncitizen defendant who has pled guilty but was not advised of the adverse immigration consequences of his or her criminal conviction may petition to vacate the conviction.

If you face criminal charges or if you face deportation as a result of a past plea agreement in a criminal matter, call our San Francisco immigrants facing criminal charges lawyer at 415-906-3440 or email us to schedule a consultation. We will review the facts of your case and recommend the best steps to take.