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Where to seek criminal defense help as a Georgia immigrant

Some Georgia immigrants have green cards or other legal statuses, while others are undocumented. No matter the circumstance, being accused of a crime as an immigrant may present complex challenges. In such situations, it is often helpful to seek immediate criminal defense assistance, especially for those facing language barrier issues in addition to their immigration problems.

Being charged with a felony as an immigrant may place one at risk for deportation. Certain types of  criminal convictions carry stringent penalties that may include ineligibility for deportation relief, as well as being permanently barred from future re-entry to the United States. Various crimes -- such as wire fraud, perjury and child abuse -- are considered acts of moral turpitude. The consequences for being convicted of such crimes are often quite harsh.

The potential outcome of an individual situation depends somewhat on a person's current immigration status. The immigration consequences of a conviction for a permanent legal resident may be different from those pertaining to an immigrant who has sought asylum or others residing in the United States under temporary protection. Undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes are at great risk for deportation since they are technically unauthorized to be in the United States.

A Georgia immigrant can seek criminal defense assistance by contacting an immigration and naturalization law office in the area. Understanding how a felony conviction may affect one's status is crucial toward building a strong defense. An experienced attorney would be able to help explore all options that might be available to help minimize the negative impact a situation may have on one's future.

Source: FindLaw, "How Does a Felony Affect Immigration Status?", Accessed on Aug. 21, 2016

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