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Immigration and deportation are complicated issues that are extremely important to those seeking citizenship or entry into the United States. Whatever your specific immigration issue might be, make sure you are working with a legal team that can help you understand the process and protect your rights.

At Maduabum Law Firm LLC in Newark, our lawyers represent New Jersey clients in all types of immigration matters, including those involving visas as well as immigration defense. Our attorneys bring experience, knowledge and a commitment to personalized service in every case we handle.

Help In The Immigration Process

Our lawyers help clients with all types of visas, including:

  • Family petitions: One of the most common ways for people to adjust their immigration status is by filing a petition for family members.
  • H-1B Visa: This visa is set aside for people who work in a specialty occupation, Department of Defense research and development workers and fashion models of particular prominence.
  • L-1 Visas: L-1 visas are intended for executives and managers transferring to the United States from companies located in other countries (L-1A visa) or for transferees in positions requiring specialized knowledge (L-1B visa).

These are just a few examples of visa opportunities. Although the above visas are the most common types that we handle, we can help you with any type of visa in which you might be interested. Talk with our lawyers to get the help you need.

Deportation Defense

The United States is a nation of immigrants, and New Jersey has always been a state that has gladly welcomed those from across the globe. The land of opportunity continues to attract many people from around the world. As immigrants settle throughout the United States, they must not only follow federal and state laws but also be aware that committing certain crimes may have immigration implications.

While our immigration laws are passed by the federal government and applied equally to the states, immigrants may face serious legal consequences for violations of federal or state laws or regulations. Such violations are often referred to as “deportable offenses” and are expressly set out in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and similar laws. Immigrants who are charged and convicted of these violations face the very real possibility of having to face both criminal and immigration consequences.

Without the advice and counsel of a knowledgeable and experienced deportation defense attorney, an immigrant convicted of a crime may become immediately removable from the United States. Even a plea agreement that reduces the charges against an immigrant may result in deportation proceedings and detention by immigration authorities. Therefore, any immigrant who is accused of violating any law should consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. A skilled immigration lawyer will be able to navigate and address both the state and immigration legal issues that may exist for you.

Deportable Offenses

Any immigrant, whether a legal permanent resident or otherwise, may be placed in removal proceedings and deported if they are convicted of a crime. As discussed above, deportable offenses are set out in our federal laws, specifically INA § 237. This section of the INA identifies two categories of crimes for which an immigrant may be removed if convicted – crimes of moral turpitude and aggravated felonies.

The INA does not clearly define a “crime of moral turpitude.” In fact, many would argue that it is hardly defined at all. As a result, the definition of the term has been developed by the courts over time and generally refers to an act that goes against normal moral standards. Recently, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published guidelines stating that such crimes will often include “fraud, larceny, and intent to harm persons or things,” though many other offenses may be included in this category. Such a vague definition can also result in differing results based on each state’s laws relevant to the criminal conviction.

Immigrants convicted of a crime of moral turpitude may be placed into removal proceedings. Often, this occurs if the following conditions are met:

  • An immigrant, within the first five years since being admitted to the country, commits a serious, specialized type of crime (called a crime of moral turpitude).
  • At any time after admission into the country, an immigrant commits two of these crimes, and they are independent of each other.

In addition to crimes of moral turpitude, aggravated felonies can also result in deportation and removal. These are considered to be more heinous and morally reprehensible and, unlike with crimes of moral turpitude, the INA includes a comprehensive list of aggravated felonies, some of which include the following:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Drug or firearms trafficking
  • Sexual abuse of a minor
  • Child pornography
  • Money laundering

 

Avoiding Deportation

Although an immigrant convicted of deportable offenses may be immediately placed in removal proceedings, certain legal defenses may be available. For instance, the law makes exceptions for certain offenses or circumstances, and an attorney may argue that an exception applies to your situation. In addition, legal waivers may be available in some situations for individuals facing deportation proceedings. If you are granted a waiver under the INA, the removal proceedings against you may be closed, allowing you to remain in the United States. An experienced deportation defense lawyer can evaluate your situation and identify which legal defenses may be applicable in your case.

Call Our Attorneys To Get The Help You Need

Our deportation defense practice and our immigration practice are both focused on bringing and keeping families together in the United States. If you are in need of deportation defense or help with immigration, contact the attorneys of Maduabum Law Firm LLC online or call 973-756-2788 today for a consultation.