CORONA VIRUS / COVID-19 ADVISORY

Due to the health risks posed by the Corona Virus tragedy, our office is following the directives of the governor of California in order to minimize the risks to our staff, our clients and our community. Our office will continue to operate fully, as it has thus far, observing our normal schedule, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will continue to schedule appointments to meet with clients and will do this via ZOOM or Telephone only.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of our lawyers or staff members, please do so by calling our office at (619) 291-1112. You can also contact us via e-mail at [email protected]

Thank you for your understanding.

AVISO DE CORONA VIRUS / COVID-19

Debido a los riesgos para la salud planteados por la tragedia del Virus Corona, nuestra oficina está siguiendo las directivas del gobernador de California para minimizar los riesgos para nuestro personal, nuestros clientes y nuestra comunidad. Nuestra oficina seguirá funcionando a pleno, como lo ha hecho hasta ahora, cumpliendo con nuestro horario habitual, de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5:30 p.m. Continuaremos programando citas para reunirnos con los clientes y lo haremos solo a través de ZOOM o por teléfono.

Si desea programar una cita con alguno de nuestros abogados o miembros del personal, hágalo llamando a nuestra oficina al (619) 291-1112. También puede contactarnos por correo electrónico a [email protected]

Gracias por su comprensión.

Resolving Immigration Problems
In An Honest & Responsible Manner

The effect of criminal offenses on immigration status

Most immigrants in California understand that a felony arrest record can mean real trouble for visa and green cardholders. These convictions can result in deportation or a downgrade in the immigration status for the individual. The consequence for each immigrant will depend on the offense committed, current immigration status and other specifics of the case.

Aggravated felonies as they pertain to immigration law include some offenses handled as misdemeanors when committed by American citizens. There are also cases where the offense committed is not an actual crime.

The aggravated felony category became part of immigration law in 1988. There was a time when this offense category applied to immigrants who committed serious criminal offenses like murder, drug trafficking and illegal weapon sales. Since that time, many crimes have been added by Congress to the list of aggravated felonies. Added crimes include theft, fraudulent tax filings, failing to make a court appearance and battery.

Acts that are beneath the acceptable standards of morality for a community are known as crimes of moral turpitude in immigration law. Perjury, wire fraud and child abuse are all examples of moral turpitude offenses, and they are the equivalent of aggravated felonies for immigration purposes.

An immigrant guilty of a criminal offense will have their status reviewed by Citizenship and Immigration Services. While the action taken is purely at the discretion of USCIS, the agency commonly rules in favor of deportations for immigrants convicted of aggravated felonies.

Convictions for felony offenses and other crimes can have a huge effect on the future of an individual. There is more to lose when the offender is an immigrant to the country. Immigrants facing criminal charges in America may benefit from consulting with an immigration attorney as early in the process as possible.

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