How Will a Criminal Conviction Affect My Immigration Status?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

If you are in the United States on any type of visa, you know that your status is delicate. You may not know, however, that a criminal conviction can upset that status, resulting in your deportation or detention. If you are an immigrant facing a criminal charge in Florida, it is crucial that you work with a criminal defense attorney experienced in handling criminal defense for immigrants.

The problem of working with an inexperienced criminal defense attorney is that the defense strategy for immigrants is very different. In many criminal cases, pleading to a more minor charge is considered a good strategy, and is often praised as a successful criminal defense. However, for immigrants, even a very minor charge can result in a change in your immigration status. Shoplifting, petty possession, a DUI, or even underage drinking can result in deportation.

With the ongoing anti-immigrant sentiment in the US, courts do not tend to be lenient for convicted immigrants. At The Cochran Firm South Florida, we are prepared to fight your criminal charge if that is what it takes to protect your immigration status.