Can I Be Deported Because of a Criminal Case?
Can you be deported for a criminal case? Any criminal case can create consequences for a non-citizen. The severity of the consequences (deportation to merely having to wait to apply for citizenship) depends on the result of the case, the type of case, the persons criminal record, their immigration record, and their immigration status. Immigration law is very complicated and always changing. It is a must to consult with an immigration lawyer if you are not a US citizen and you are facing a criminal case.
My name is Eric Benavides and I’m a Texas criminal defense lawyer.
I want to talk to you today about a question I get for many of my clients who are not US citizens. They asked me “Can I be deported for a criminal case?”
The answer is it depends.
It depends on what exactly is your legal status – in other words it can depend on if you are illegal or if you are a resident. It also depends on the type of criminal case along with your criminal history. When you have a criminal case and you’re not a US citizen it’s very important to have your criminal lawyer and also to have an immigration lawyer that is on call and ready to give advice.
Now criminal cases can end in many different ways. You need an immigration lawyer to be able to tell you if it’s okay for you to take that and if it’ll affect your your ability to stay in this country.
At the end of the day, even a misdemeanor can be very dangerous for somebody that’s not a citizen so you must be ready to get the correct advice from your criminal and you’re immigration attorney.
Eric Benavides is a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney. He is a co-founder of Benavides & Serrano, PLLC. He is a graduate of the prestigious Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Trial College, and is a proven trial lawyer. He has been recognized as one of the best criminal lawyers in Houston by the Houstonia magazine, and has earned a perfect 10.0 rating on AVVO.