Criminal Defense Lawyer in York
As an immigrant in the United States, being arrested or facing criminal charges can be incredibly stressful. Your immigration status could be in jeopardy, which is why retaining legal defense is in your best interest. At The Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh, York immigration lawyer Rosina C. Stambaugh handles a variety of criminal and juvenile cases before the Magistrate Court, Court of Common Pleas, and the Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme Courts.
Defense for First-Time Offenders & Noncitizens
If you are a noncitizen who has been accused of committing a crime, it is important to consult with a York immigration attorney because the outcome of your criminal case may affect your ability to remain in the U.S. Rosina C. Stambaugh also focuses on consulting and advising criminal defense attorneys in obtaining safe pleas for clients to avoid or minimize the immigration consequences of certain criminal convictions.
For first-time offenders, Rosina C. Stambaugh works to have charges dropped by undergoing a thorough investigation. If she is unable to do so, she may be able to secure participation in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program to avoid a conviction and a criminal record.
ARD Programs for First Offenders
In most cases, ARD programs are an option for first-time offenders charged with non-violent crimes. Participants who successfully complete the ARD program will have the offense expunged from their record and walk away from the charges as though they never happened. For non-citizens, entry into and successful completion of the ARD program may shield you from deportation or help you remain in the United States.
- A few examples of crimes which may qualify for an ARD program include:
- Theft offenses
- DUI with no injuries
- Disorderly conduct
Vacating Convictions for Immigrants
Even if you have already been convicted and have been sentenced, there are ways that you may be able to reopen your criminal case to help you remain in the United States. Rosina C. Stambaugh handles motions to vacate underlying convictions that affect an immigrant’s ability to remain in the U.S. or travel abroad.
To learn more about how a York immigration lawyer from The Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh can help, call her office today at (717) 921-4042.