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Have you been accused of a crime? Criminal allegations should be taken very seriously as they can lead to serious consequences. From jail time to probation to a criminal record to thousands of dollars in fines, a conviction should be avoided if at all possible. However, what happens when the person facing these accusations is not a U.S. citizen? Their future in this country could be compromised or completely destroyed. For this reason, the Portela Law Firm, P.C. is dedicated to helping non-citizens who have been arrested and are facing the harsh consequences of a conviction. This is a country which was founded on providing a new life for those who are facing hardship or persecution in their home countries. However, it is now difficult to gain citizenship or even a visa.

How an NYC Immigration Attorney Could Help You

Aggravated felonies are crimes that are deemed so serious that the accused has to return to their home country if they are convicted. According to the Immigration and Nationality Act that was introduced in 1988, these crimes include: rape, child abuse, domestic violence, drug crimes, sex crimes, violent crimes, and more. However, since the original list was published, more crimes have been added to the list; crimes that were neither felonies nor aggravated. You could also be subject to criminal deportation if you were accused of fleeing an immigration checkpoint, smuggling illegal aliens into the county, or violating protective orders.

If you are convicted of a crime, you could be deported and not allowed to enter the U.S. for a specified period of time. In extreme cases, the court may decide that you are never allowed to return. This could prove to be tragic as you may have friends or family in the country which you are barred from seeing and being involved in their lives. Even if you were already given a green card or immigrant status, these may be revoked. In the future if you face persecution in another country, the U.S. will not grant you asylum.

Do you need an immigration defense lawyer on your side?

The goal of the team at Portela Law Firm, P.C. is to help you avoid these harsh consequences. They do not want your future to be ruined because your legal representative did not have the skill or dedication to help you. By choosing to work with an NYC immigration defense attorney, you can be 100% confident that your best interests are being taken care of. With over 20 years in practice, contact the team today to learn about how they could help you.

Contact an NYC immigration attorney from the team today to start getting your life back on track.

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