New York Immigration Defense - Criminal Deportation

Grounds for Deportation

Aliens who enter the United States without authorization are subject to removal; additionally, aliens who have been admitted may, in certain circumstances, be deported. Criminal deportation refers to removal based on a criminal conviction or similar circumstances. A guilty plea, a plea of no contest, an admission of guilt without an actual conviction or a court-imposed penalty, even with a suspended sentence, are all treated as a conviction for deportation purposes. This consequence only applies to certain crimes; grounds for criminal deportation include conviction for:

  • High speed flight from an immigration checkpoint
  • Smuggling aliens
  • Domestic violence, stalking or child abuse
  • Violation of protective orders
  • Failure to register as a sex offender if required by the court
  • Offenses relating to controlled substances
  • Firearms offenses and explosives offenses
  • Perjury or obstruction of justice
  • Other aggravated felonies, such as rape, murder, child pornography and fraud related offenses
  • Other crimes of moral turpitude

Crimes of moral turpitude are offenses involving conduct considered depraved and contrary to the community standards of morality and honesty. Your New York immigration defense attorney can review your case to determine if you are facing charges for a deportable offense and if so, the most strategic address for your situation.

Need a NYC immigration lawyer?

The Portela Law Firm, P.C. will take prompt and aggressive action on your case to pursue any avenues that can protect you from criminal deportation. This may involve fighting to have your charges reduced to non-deportable offenses or in some cases there may even be grounds to have your charges dismissed altogether. Because of the way the immigration authorities operate, it is vital you waste no time at all in obtaining legal help and that your attorney knows how to address all factors involved. This is the only way you can defend your rights and improve your chances of being allowed to remain in the country.

If you've been charged with a deportable offense, contact our firm immediately.