Don't Let Criminal Charges Harm Your Immigration Status

Criminal charges can have a long-lasting impact on anyone, but this is especially true for California residents who do not benefit from the protections of U.S. citizenship. Put simply, criminal charges can affect your immigration status: a criminal charge is often the spark that attracts the attention of immigration authorities, and it can lead to fines, jail time, the denial of visa applications and even the initiation of removal proceedings.

If you've been charged with a crime, it's important to get the advice of an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The Moreno Law Group practices both criminal law and immigration law, so we can help you navigate these two parallel legal processes at the same time. More specifically, we understand exactly how each criminal conviction will affect your immigration status and future plans, so we tailor our criminal defense strategy from the moment of your arrest to help you accomplish your immigration-related goals.

Criminal Defense Tailored To Your Immigration Needs

The immigration consequences of your criminal charge depend on both the specific charge you are facing and your immigration status. For instance, a misdemeanor, such as a drunk driving first offense, will probably not significantly derail an application for asylum, but that same misdemeanor charge could pose a serious threat to somebody in the U.S. under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

If you are facing deportation as the result of a criminal charge, we will work to achieve the cancellation of removal. This is a strictly discretionary form of relief, to be decided on by the immigration judge handling your case. When cancellation is not possible, we will request the withholding of removal. This form of relief is available to people who can demonstrate that they face the risk of persecution if they return to their home countries.

Take Control Of Your Legal Situation

The sooner you speak with a lawyer, the sooner you can take charge of your legal future in both criminal court and immigration court. To schedule an initial consultation with the Moreno Law Group, contact us online or call us at the office nearest to you in Central California:

  • Fresno: 559-449-0400
  • Bakersfield: 661-300-0259
  • Delano: 661-575-6171

Everyone on our staff speaks both English and Spanish. Se habla español.