The best time to contact a criminal defense attorney who has knowledge of immigration and deportation laws is when criminal charges are initially filed.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 27, 2012
In the state of California, criminal grounds for deportation apply to green card holders as well as undocumented aliens. According to Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Vitaly Sigal, it is important for green card holders to be aware that they may be deported from the U.S. even if they have held a green card for many years.
According to Mr. Sigal, the most serious criminal convictions in terms of deportation are aggravated felonies such as the smuggling of illegal aliens, drug trafficking and other drug crimes, violent crimes, child pornography, sex crimes, theft and treason.
Other crimes that can result in deportation include firearms offenses, domestic violence, child abuse and crimes involving moral turpitude.
It is important to keep in mind that even the slightest offense can affect a person’s right to stay in the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can, for example, hold a person in custody for the slightest offense until the case is decided; even criminal convictions that don’t require jail time can result in deportation.
According to Mr. Sigal, the most important thing a person can do to avoid deportation is to contact a criminal attorney who has experience in this specific area of law.
“The best time to contact a criminal defense attorney who has knowledge of immigration and deportation laws is when criminal charges are initially filed,” said Mr. Sigal. “That way you can avoid a criminal conviction that will later lead to deportation.”
“However,” Mr. Sigal continued. “If you have already been convicted of a criminal charge and are now facing deportation, there still may be something that can be done to avoid the drastic effect of deportation and a prolonged time in immigration custody.”
As a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, Mr. Sigal represents persons who are facing criminal charges, including those who are not U.S. citizens. For more information or to schedule a consultation to discuss your case, please call 1-888-335-6008 or email Sigal Law Group today.