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Deportation numbers are reaching record levels; more than 400,000 immigrants were deported from the United States in 2012. Non-immigrant foreigners and green card-holding permanent residents may be subject to deportation if they are convicted of a violent felony, a firearms or a domestic violence offense, a drug offense, or a crime involving moral turpitude. A variety of other crimes make you inadmissible should you visit another nation and then attempt to re-enter the United States. And even without a determination of inadmissibility, a number of crimes – should you be convicted – make you ineligible for naturalization and citizenship.
Los Angeles immigration criminal defense Attorney Patricia Depew personally guides clients through the complex and always-changing laws and regulations that govern immigration. She has helped a variety of immigrants – from investors to refugees – obtain visas, permanent residency, and asylum. She is committed to protecting individuals in immigration-related legal cases. In many of these situations, you’ll want an attorney who handles your affairs personally rather than a firm where no one knows your name and you become just another case number.
Patricia Depew is an experienced Pasadena, California immigration criminal defense lawyer who represents clients first by advising them with informed and accurate legal counsel; she then works closely with clients to make the sound legal choices that are in their long-term interests. Ms. Depew will provide an honest evaluation of your case and aggressive representation in the courtroom. If you are a foreign visitor or green card-holder facing the possibility or imminent threat of inadmissibility or deportation, one of these four legal solutions is probably right for you:
1. Waiver of inadmissibility: A waiver of inadmissibility removes a specific conviction from consideration when determining if you should be removed or admitted to the U.S.
2. Vacated conviction: Guilty or no contest (nolo contendere) pleas may be vacated if you were not advised by your judge or lawyer about the immigration-related ramifications of such a plea.
3. Expungement: Particular drug convictions may be expunged and no longer held against you.
4. Removal Hearing Defense: Your lawyer may show that authorities failed to prove the conviction or to show that the crime is a deportable offense. Alternately, your lawyer may argue that you are reformed, with reputable community ties, and have earned a right to stay in the U.S.
The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 allows the imposition of tough penalties on immigrants who violate laws in the United States. Because the details of immigration law are constantly changing and evolving, it is imperative that you consult a good immigration criminal defense lawyer before attending any hearing or accepting any plea agreement. Patricia Depew works with diligence and dedication to keep abreast of the latest developments in immigration law. She understands the stress and fear that clients experience when they are threatened with deportation or inadmissibility. In addition to sound legal counsel and experienced legal representation, Patricia Depew provides a welcoming, comfortable environment for her clients to discuss their legal needs and concerns. She will move you quickly beyond legal rhetoric to the core of the legal matter you face. Call Attorney Patricia Depew today at 310-284-8494. Se Habla Español.
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This publication and the information included in it are not intended to serve as a substitute for consultation with an attorney. Specific legal issues, concerns and conditions always require the advice of appropriate legal professionals.