As a visitor to the United States, you are given a certain set of expectations
that you need to follow. One is that you need to abide by the country’s
and state’s laws. If you are found to not be adhering to the values
that the United States holds dear, the country is permitted to assess
your case and have you deported.
Not all criminal offenses are deplorable, however. Some that will likely
result in deportation include:
- Aggravated felonies
- Drug crimes
- Crimes of moral turpitude
- Firearm crimes
- Domestic violence
Crimes of moral turpitude are not always well defined under United States
immigration law. The most common of these, however, include fraud, larceny,
or offenses that intent to harm another person or thing. In most cases,
your crime will need to have been committed within five years in order
for it to put you at risk of deportation.
Also, keep in mind that there are other ways you can be deported as well,
even if you do not have a criminal conviction. For instance, overstaying
your visa can result in deportation.
Is there anything I can do to change my criminal conviction?
If you have reason to believe that you were wrongfully convicted, you can
file an appeal. If your criminal conviction is on appeal, you will not
be able to be convicted until it is final. You can also ask the court
to vacate or erase your criminal record. This can occur if you plead guilty
for the offense but were not informed that you could be deported if found guilty.
In the event that you are deported from the country, you will need to wait
anywhere from 5 to 10 years to come back legally. After a second deportation,
the wait period will be 20 years.
As your Philadelphia immigration attorney, you can trust our representation.
Our attorney has more than a decade of experience assisting individuals
like yourself who are fighting for the ability to remain in the United States.
Call us today for assistance.