Plano Deportation Defense Lawyers

As a state on the border of Mexico, Texas is a prime destination for immigrants who come to the United States seeking a new and better life. But unfortunately, things don’t always go according to plan, and you could find yourself facing deportation before you’ve had an opportunity to finalize the immigration process.

One of the most common reasons for deporting an immigrant who is seeking U.S. citizenship is involvement in a crime. A conviction on even a minor misdemeanor charge is typically reported to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement division, which may seek to deport you out of the United States. This can lead to even more legal troubles if you are caught reentering the country illegally.

This can be a devastating situation for an immigrant who has already started building a new life with their family in the U.S. The situation can be even more heartbreaking for those who are wrongly accused of a crime. But there is help.

At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, as we represent clients across Texas, including in Plano, Dallas, and Fort Worth. We are here to provide and aggressive and strategic legal defense so you can avoid conviction in the first place. But if this is not possible, our legal team will work hard to help you avoid deportation or deal with other immigration-related legal troubles, such as charges of illegal reentry into the U.S.

If you or a loved one are worried about getting deported, contact our Texas criminal defense and deportation defense lawyers to arrange a free, confidential case evaluation. Call the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass at (972) 422-9999.

Common Questions and Concerns About a Deportation in Texas

At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we understand how much is at stake for individuals who have yet to finalize the immigration process. In addition to helping clients who are at risk of deportation as a result of a conviction, we also represent undocumented immigrants who are charged with illegal reentry into the U.S.

Here is a look at a few of the most common questions and concerns that we address on this topic.

Who Can Be Deported Due to a Criminal Conviction in Collin County?

Deportation Defense LawyersAll immigrants are subject to deportation if they are convicted of violating immigration laws or are convicted of a number of other criminal offenses. This includes immigrants who are in the country legally with a green card.

Crimes that can make an immigrant deportable include those that are considered “crimes of moral turpitude” and aggravated felonies. Crimes of moral turpitude can include offenses such as theft, fraud, larceny and any crime that involves an intent to harm another person or thing.”

Crimes of moral turpitude involve more than just dishonesty. They can also apply to violent or harmful tendencies, such as assault with an intent to rob or kill another person, along with domestic abuse, and aggravated acts such as driving under the influence.

Laws allow for deportation following a conviction for a crime of moral turpitude within five years of being admitted into the country or in cases where you commit two or more crimes of moral turpitude (not arising from a single case) at any time after you’re legally admitted into the United States. In other words, if you are a repeat offender who is convicted of multiple crimes of moral turpitude, you may be subject to deportation, even if you immigrated legally into the country many years prior.

The five-year timeframe is calculated based on the date when you were formally admitted into the U.S. and the date when you allegedly committed the crime in question.

What’s a 212(h) Waiver?

A 212(h) waiver may be issued, allowing you to avoid deportation if you have been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude but can prove that you do not pose a threat to national security.

You must also show that your deportation would cause extreme hardship to a spouse, parent or child who is a legal U.S. citizen.

A 212(h) waiver is most commonly issued to a green card holder convicted of a non-violent offense who can also prove that they have sought rehabilitation and no longer pose a danger.

For green card holders, you must show that you have lived in the U.S. lawfully for at least seven continuous years prior to the start of your deportation case and you cannot be convicted of an aggravated felony.

What Happens if I try to Reenter the United States After Deportation?

Undocumented immigrants face serious charges if they are caught trying to reenter the United States after being denied admission, deported, removed, excluded or leaving the United States while there is an active deportation, removal or exclusion order. Illegal reentry is a federal offense and is charged as a felony.

According to federal statute 8 U.S.C. §1326, reentry of removed aliens carries a potential punishment of up to two years in prison followed by one year of supervised release.

For some undocumented immigrants, the penalties can be much higher. Anyone who is convicted of a felony or at least three misdemeanors involving drugs or crimes against an individual could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison and up to three years of supervised release.

In addition to the potential prison time, individuals charged with illegal reentry into the United States are subject to deportation after their sentence is completed.

Contact Our Texas Deportation Defense Lawyers if You Could Be Deported from the U.S.

Deportation Defense LawyersWhile a plea deal or other arrangement may be a good option to resolve your criminal case if you’re a U.S. citizen, an immigrant may face some significant challenges, as a conviction on certain crimes can make it difficult or impossible to avoid deportation. But this is where our experienced legal team can assist. Our clients span all of Dallas County, Collin County, and Denton County, including the cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Plano, Texas.

The founder of the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass has been in practice since 1993. Attorney Grass’ experience includes time as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG). He was selected as one of the Top 100 Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association and maintains an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

If you’re facing deportation or have been arrested for illegal reentry into the United States, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass today. We will provide you with a free, confidential evaluation of your case. Call (972) 422-9999.