How Our Crimmigration Services Work
When you are a noncitizen accused of a crime, your first step should be
to hire a qualified attorney to represent you in your case. The sooner
you do this, the better. Attempting to face criminal charges alone is
not recommended in any scenario, much less one where your immigration
status could be jeopardized.
The first step of working with our firm is for us to perform a thorough
evaluation on every facet of your situation.
We will review every potentially relevant detail, including how you first
entered the country, what your current status is, how that status was
obtained, and what familial relationships in the country exist. The specifics of your status and the steps you took to get there will be
paramount in shaping our legal strategy and will likely determine what
solutions will be available.
Often, we will request to meet with the client’s family. The reasoning
for this is twofold: One, we want to get a full picture of the client’s
life here in the United States. Two, familial ties in the United States can in some situations keep a noncitizen
from being deported, particularly when the removal would trigger extreme hardship for the
family they would be leaving behind.
Next, we will review the entirety of the criminal case. This will include
assessing charging documents, any testimony, and any priors on the criminal
record. We will also consider the implications for a possible deportation
proceeding. A Notice to Appear (NTA), the legal document that instigates
a potential removal, will contain specific information justifying why
a noncitizen should be expelled from the country.
It is important we anticipate how specifically the NTA will supported and
proceed with your criminal case thusly. The NTA could stem from the charge itself, a sentence that will result
from a conviction, or the type of status you currently have and the length
in which you have had it.
From here, our office will prepare legal solutions aimed at getting you
the most relief possible.
We always strive to reduce the negative consequences of any crimmigration
case, but be aware our ultimate goal is to keep you in the United States
with your family and friends. That might mean participating in a plea bargain or carefully negotiating
the terms surrounding a guilty verdict. Our York crimmigration defense
attorney has a thorough knowledge of the laws and procedures involved
and will help you understand what options are available to you.
Defense for Noncitizen First-Time Offenders through the Accelerated Rehabilitative
Disposition (ARD) Program
If you have never been accused of a crime before, it is still essential
you seek legal representation immediately when charged for the first time.
Even a single criminal charge, even for a nonviolent offense, can endanger
your ability to stay in the country as a noncitizen.
Luckily, first-time offenders have additional legal solutions available
to them to help protect their current status and future immigration opportunities.
After performing our thorough review of your situation and case, our team
will work to get your charges dropped, a strategy that can often be more
successful for first-time offenders.
If we are unable to get your charges dropped, we can instead pursue relief
through the state of Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition
Completing this program can help you avoid a conviction and criminal record
for certain types of nonviolent crimes. In other words, participation means you will be able to effectively pretend
the charge never happened, as it will be expunged from your record. For
completing the ARD program can protect you from deportation and help you
remain in the United States.