I am not a U.S. citizen. Could a criminal charge affect my immigration status?
I just got arrested. What should I do?
What will happen in my misdemeanor case?
What will happen in my felony case?
Is a suspended imposition of sentence a conviction?
Criminal charges affect non-citizens in special ways which U.S. citizens do not have to worry about. Immigration law is a large and separate field of law and the grounds for inadmissibility or removal can be complex. Generally, criminal defense attorneys are not prepared to advise non-citizens of the effect a conviction or finding of guilty may have in a particular case. A good criminal defense attorney will advise a non-citizen to speak with an attorney who practices immigration law.
Further, a conviction for immigration purposes is much broader than what the state of Missouri considers a conviction. And in some cases the immigration courts may look beyond the charges to which a non-citizen has plead guilty and will look at how the non-citizen plead guilty.
If you are a non-citizen charged with a crime, you need two lawyers: one to represent you in the criminal case and one to protect your right to remain in the United States. At Baker Legal Services, we can represent you in both areas. Give us a call for a free consultation.