Effect felonies have on immigration status

MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 28: A Honduran immigration detainee, his feet shackled and shoes laceless as a security precaution, boards a deportation flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras on February 28, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), operates 4-5 flights per week from Mesa to Central America, deporting hundreds of undocumented immigrants detained in western states of the U.S. With the possibility of federal budget sequestration, Most detainees typically remain in custody for several weeks before they are deported to their home country, while others remain for longer periods while their immigration cases work through the courts. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

People may not always think of how their criminal actions, can affect them if they are not US citizens. If you are not a citizen of the US, an offense can risk you being deported. Therefore, it is important to contact an experienced lawyer, if you are not a citizen and are facing serious charges.

Factors that affect immigration – The factors that will affect a person’s immigration status are the person’s current immigration status, the offense committed and the circumstances surrounding the case. For a crime that is classified as a felony or moral turpitude, a person may be sent to a US prison and not be eligible for deportation relief. Other punishments may include being barred from reentering the country for his or her life.

Aggravated felony – A crime can be considered a misdemeanor under state law, but can be considered an aggravated felony under Immigration Law. Crimes under aggravated felonies include such crimes as rape, sexual abuse of a minor, money laundering, offenses related to explosive materials and firearms, crimes of violence, theft offenses etc.

Crimes involving moral turpitude – This involves crimes from a person who is not a citizen, who violates the accepted moral code of the community. Such crimes include tax evasion, wire fraud, carrying a concealed weapon and child abuse etc.

Potential consequences – The decision the court and the immigration officials make will be determined by the sentence issued and the language used in court documents. Therefore, it is vital to get advice from a lawyer knowledgeable about immigration law.