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You can fight against deportation due to criminal activity

Legal immigrants may feel that they are entitled to be in the country, but the truth is that there are some crimes that could result in deportation even if you're here with all the right documents. You don't need to be undocumented to be deported for a crime.

Not all criminal acts are deportable offenses. The Immigration and Nationality Act defines the crimes that make an alien ineligible for admission into this country. Those crimes are primarily violent in nature. For example, the Act forbids sexual offenses, fraud, aggravated felonies, domestic violence, drug offenses and other violent crimes. Other crimes that might be included on this list include those with a year or longer minimum penalty. Those are primarily felony charges.

A conviction while you're in the United States can put your right to stay in the country at risk. When immigration officials learn about your conviction, they can make a decision to have you deported. For that reason, a strong defense is necessary; even having a charge reduced could help protect you against deportation.

It's also important to know that if you do have convictions on your record, you could lose your right to apply for citizenship or permanent resident status. Fortunately, you also have the right to a fair trial, much like anyone else who is in the United States. You have the same protections as citizens do, regardless of the reason you're in the United States. You can use that to your advantage and fight any charges against you. The best way to avoid this situation is to avoid a conviction at all costs. Our website has more information.

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