Priorities for immigrants during criminal defense

Criminal defense strategy requires a custom approach. Every lawsuit results in a different set of priorities because every case is different.

However, there are some things that these cases have in common. That is especially true when it comes to defending immigrants. Here is an example set of priorities you might apply to your case.

1. Analyze the situation

The first step is to understand your position. You have to know your immigration status, the specific charges your face and how convictions might change your ability to remain in the United States.

For example, you might have a green card. If you received a conviction for an aggravated felony, you could face the risk of deportation. You can review some of the rules in the section of the U.S. Code on deportable aliens.

2. Set your goals

After you know where you stand, you can start to think about the best possible resolution for your case. If you are like most people, your goal would be to reduce the impact that the criminal charge has on your immigration status.

This is certainly not a universal truth. You might have other priorities and, therefore, might want to set other types of goals.

3. Enact your strategy

After you know where you stand and where you would like to go, then you can set about trying to get there. A criminal defense for immigrants typically involves working with prosecutors to secure a deal that will keep you in the United States. You would do this through negotiations, bargaining and detailed investigation of the charges.

Immigration laws change quickly. Different rules sometimes apply to different federal districts. Few, if any, online resources could provide the specific information you need. Se habla español.

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