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Immigration Consequences after conviction

The immigration consequences of a criminal conviction in Washington, D.C. can vary depending on several factors, including the type of crime committed and your immigration status. Here are some general points to consider:

  1. Severity of the Crime: Serious crimes, such as felonies, can have more significant immigration consequences compared to misdemeanors or infractions.

  2. Immigration Status: If you are a non-citizen, your immigration status will play a significant role. Permanent residents (green card holders), temporary visa holders, refugees, and undocumented immigrants may face different consequences.

  3. Grounds of Deportability: Certain crimes may make you deportable under U.S. immigration law. These include aggravated felonies, crimes of moral turpitude, controlled substance offenses, domestic violence offenses, and others.

  4. Inadmissibility: Some crimes can also make you inadmissible to the United States if you are seeking entry or immigration benefits. This means you may be barred from entering or staying in the country.

  5. Impact on Legal Status: If you are a green card holder, certain convictions can lead to the revocation of your permanent resident status and deportation proceedings.

  6. Immigration Proceedings: If you are convicted of a deportable offense, you may face immigration court proceedings, which could result in removal (deportation) from the United States.

  7. Waivers and Relief: In some cases, waivers or forms of relief may be available to individuals facing deportation or inadmissibility due to criminal convictions. However, eligibility for these forms of relief can be complex and depend on various factors.

  8. Consultation with Immigration Attorney: Given the complexity of immigration law and its intersection with criminal law, it is essential to consult with an experienced immigration attorney if you are facing criminal charges and are concerned about the immigration consequences. They can provide personalized advice based on your specific situation.

The specific immigration consequences of a criminal conviction in DC will depend on various factors unique to your case. Therefore, seeking legal advice from a qualified immigration attorney and having a knowledgable criminal defense attorney is highly recommended. At Wagner, PLLC, we are here to help you!


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