Crimmigration

Our firm specializes in defending non-citizens accused of committing crimes. It is important to retain an attorney who is well versed in both immigration and criminal law to vigorously defend your rights. The negative consequences of a criminal prosecution can include incarceration, fines, probation, suspension of driving privileges, loss of employment, sex offender registry, etc. These consequences alone can be devastating for anyone, but for non-citizens there additional consequences that are often even more devastating. The additional consequences facing non-citizens accused of a crime include removal, the denial of adjustment of status, criminal bars to asylum and other forms of relief from removal, and crime-related barriers on the findings of good moral character necessary for citizenship.

"CRIMMIGRATION"

One of the most important developments in the law today is the convergence of criminal and immigration law or "crimmigration law" as it has been labeled by legal scholars. Since 2005 the federal government has filed more criminal charges against undocumented immigrants than ever before. These immigration cases have accounted for more than half of all new prosecutions filed by the Justice Department. In New Jersey referrals to federal immigration officials by local and state police has nearly doubled since the New Jersey Attorney General issued a directive requiring local law enforcement to notify immigration officials when undocumented immigrants are charged with crimes. The result of the amped up enforcement at the State and Federal levels is that often non-citizens are forced to simultaneously defend themselves in criminal and immigration prosecutions. Our firm is uniquely positioned to defend non-citizens in both of these proceedings. We understand the interplay between criminal and immigration law and we are well equipped to defend non-citizens placed in this perilous situation.

In representing non-citizens in the criminal or municipal courts we use our experience and resources in order to avoid convictions for aggravated felonies, crimes of moral turpitude, and crimes of violence which could result in removal, the denial of adjustment of status, or the denial of naturalization. In addition to providing primary representation in criminal prosecutions we also provide consulting services to assist the primary criminal defense attorney in crafting a plea agreement that will not carry the negative immigration consequences outlined above.

In representing non-citizens before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service or the Immigration Court we utilize our experience as a full-service immigration law firm to identify all possible applications relief and benefits. We will also work diligently to seek relief in the criminal courts where the conviction(s) occurred, which may include filing motions to reduce, modify, or dismiss the conviction(s) so that they cannot be used against our clients in immigration removal proceedings.