New York Crimmigration Lawyer
If You Are an Immigrant Facing Criminal Charges, We Want to Help You Fight for Your Right to Remain in the US
Committing a crime as a noncitizen can have devastating collateral consequences if you do not hire legal representation immediately. Your status in the US could be on the line.
Contact The Law Office of Yifei He, PLLC for help. Our NYC crimmigation attorney will seek solutions to your legal problems while protecting your best interests and, most importantly, your ability to remain in the US on good standing.
Well-versed in matters of New York criminal law, we know how to protect immigrants who have been charged, or even falsely accused, of criminal activity in NYC. In fact, many have come to us for help overcoming some of life’s most difficult challenges, and we have proudly advocated for them during these difficult times. We can do the same for you.
How We Can Help with Your Crimmigration Case
The Law Office of Yifei He, PLLC provides zealous legal counsel and advocacy to secure the best possible outcome available. We can help you with matters involving:
- Crimmigration Consequences: We will conduct extensive legal research into the potential consequences of a criminal act on your ability to secure future immigration benefits.
- Plea Bargaining: When circumstances allow, we can seek an arrangement with the Prosecutor in which you avoid the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction.
- Removal Defense: We will represent both detained and non-detained noncitizens before the Immigration Courts and fight to prevent your removal from the US.
- Appeals: If you have already been convicted of your charges, we can advise you on possible avenues of relief, including Motions to Reopen and Appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Second Circuit.
- Waivers: If facing possible deportation, we can look into post-deportation remedies to allow you to return to the United States to care for a loved one.
Our number-one goal is to help clients resolve their problems with as little stress as possible, but we will not hesitate to take a case to court if we feel that doing so will give you a better chance at a successful outcome.
What Is an Inadmissible Crime?
According to the Immigration and Nationality Act, individuals convicted of certain crimes will be inadmissible to the US. This means they will not be permitted to enter or remain in the US.
As defined by USCIS, crimes that are grounds for inadmissibility include:
- Commercialized vice
- Crimes of Moral Turpitude (CIMT)*
- Drug trafficking
- Human trafficking
- Money laundering
- Multiple criminal convictions
- Prostitution or patronizing a prostitute
- Violation of any controlled substance law
- Commission of a serious crime in the US where an individual has asserted immunity from prosecution
- Violations of religious freedom
*While ‘moral turpitude’ is not defined under federal law, these crimes are generally believed to be “inherently base, vile, or depraved, and contrary to the accepted rules of morality and the duties owed between persons or to society in general.” Given the complicated and undefined nature of CIMT charges, it is crucial that you meet with a crimmigration attorney if you are currently facing any criminal charges that have or could be associated with a crime of moral turpitude.
What Is a Deportable Crime?
Similar to crimes of inadmissibility, if you are not currently a legal citizen of the US and you are convicted of a “deportable crime,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may deport you. Deportable crimes can include but are not limited to:
- Aggravated felonies
- Crimes of Moral Turpitude (CIMT)
- Drug offenses
- Firearms offenses
It is important to note that the DHS will not consider how long you have lived in the US or how established your life in this country is when considering deportation. As such, it is absolutely imperative that you seek legal defense as quickly as possible after being charged with a criminal act of any nature.
As mentioned above, Crimes of Moral Turpitude are those labeled as inherently base, vile, or depraved. They are deemed to defy the accepted rules of morality and act against the the duties owed between persons or to society in general. Common examples of actions that may be labeled as CIMT include prostitution or patronizing a prostitute, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal impersonation, and more. When reviewing your case, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) will look at the element of intent behind the crime. If they believe it was evil or malicious, you will most certainly require legal representation to protect your rights throughout the criminal process ahead of you.
Your best bet at protecting your status in the US is by aligning yourself with a proven New York City crimmigration attorney. Contact us at 1-917-338-7678 or via our online contact form.