Aggravated Felonies/Deportable Crimes

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Criminal charges that are minor for the average American can be serious trouble for immigrants who have not obtained citizenship. Even an arrest for shoplifting or drunk driving could lead to deportation. Some "aggravated felony" crimes result in being banished from the U.S.

If you say the wrong thing to police or make a plea deal without talking to a lawyer first, it can ruin your life and take you away from your family. At Taylor Lee & Associates LLC, we know how to handle deportable crimes to protect your immigrant status and limit the penalties. Our immigration lawyers have represented the immigrant community in Atlanta and northern Georgia since 2002.

What Is A Deportable Crime?

Noncitizens, including green card holders, can be deported for major felony crimes but also for relatively minor crimes. Offenses that commonly lead to removal (deportation) include:

  • Drug convictions
  • Domestic violence or violation of family violence order
  • Firearm offenses
  • Immigration violations such as visa fraud or unlawful entry
  • Crimes of moral turpitude
  • Aggravated felonies

What Is A Crime Of Moral Turpitude?

Minor crimes such as shoplifting may be subject to deportation because they are considered "crimes of moral turpitude" — reflecting a dishonest or evil person. This can apply to theft, fraud and violent crimes, but also to certain charges of spousal abuse, DUI or drug possession.

A person can be deported for a crime of moral turpitude within the first five years of coming to the U.S. or for two or more such crimes over a period of years.

What Is An Aggravated Felony?

"Aggravated felony" is an immigration term. It refers to many felony crimes but also some crimes that otherwise would be only misdemeanors. Aggravated felonies are deportable offenses with additional penalties:

  • A person convicted of an aggravated felony is subject to removal without a hearing and is not eligible for asylum, certain waivers or cancellation of removal.
  • Upon conviction for an aggravated felony, the immigrant will be immediately detained by ICE, with little chance of getting an immigration bond.
  • The person becomes permanently "inadmissible" after removal, with enhanced punishment for illegal re-entry of up to 20 years in prison.

No matter how minor the crime, it is important to fight an aggravated felony. Our lawyers will do everything possible to dismiss the charge or reduce it to a lesser crime. If we cannot avoid an aggravated felony through motions or negotiations, we will go to trial to try to avoid a conviction.

Talk To An Immigration Lawyer Immediately

Before making statements or arranging for an immigration bond, it is critical to talk to an experienced attorney. Please call our Atlanta deportation defense attorneys at 770-441-4807 or 800-440-7601 or email us. Hablamos español.