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Do immigrants commit more crimes?

You may have heard people claim that immigrants commit more crimes in the United States than people who are born within the country. If this struck you as odd, you may be onto something. Many studies have shown that this is not the case, no matter how many times the myth gets repeated.

Immigration defense: What's an automatic stay of removal?

The threat of being torn from your family, sent out of the country and not being able to return to the United States again is terrifying. This is why many immigrants choose to defend themselves against the risk of deportation in court. An automatic stay of removal is one strategy that if successful, could provide a temporary postponement that prevents immigration authorities from removing the person.

Were you accused of either of these serious drug crimes?

If you look at the number of criminals who are currently serving long-term prison sentences as a result of a nonviolent drug crime, the statistics are astounding. Perhaps the most distressing part of this is the fact that prison is no place for peaceful, nonviolent people. There are many difficulties and dangers that a convicted person will face in a prison environment.

A criminal conviction can put your immigration status in jeopardy

Many individuals tend to forget that being admitted to a foreign country is a privilege, not a right. This misconception leads many to engage in to engage in negligent or criminal behavior thinking there will be no consequence for them doing so. The truth is there are penalties though. Deportation is one of them.

Is resisting arrest a crime of moral turpitude?

These days, it can be difficult to know exactly how to avoid trouble with the law, especially when you are in the middle of an interaction with law enforcement officers. In some cases, reacting the wrong way can make matters much worse and result in criminal charges or deportation.

Should you consider a plea bargain?

Whenever a person is charged with a crime, they should do their best to fight the charges and push to have them dismissed. However, in many cases, it is simply not possible to see charges dismissed entirely, and a defendant may consider accepting a plea bargain to avoid more serious sentencing. Unfortunately, many defendants accept plea bargains that hurt them in the long run because they do not understand the risks involved.

Detainees continue to fight for their rights from behind bars

As an immigrant in America, you face many threats to your safety and security, and may even suffer imprisonment for relatively small infractions of the law. In many cases, authorities detain immigrants simply because they are in the country without proper documentation. If you or someone you love suffers detention, now is the time to start fighting for your rights, not time to give up.

Understanding a crime of moral turpitude

When you come to the United States, it should be with the understanding that you will benefit the community you live in. When people immigrate to the U.S., the only thing the government really wants to see is people who want to live in the country peacefully. Those who commit crimes could be deported, especially if those crimes are crimes of moral turpitude.

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