Georgia Deportation Lawyer
Atlanta deportation lawyer – Georgia removal Attorney for criminal defense, immigration bonds, holds, removal defense and more: If you are convicted of an aggravated felony, or multiple crimes of moral turpitude, you can be deported. Under the US immigration law, you can be deported for a number of activities. These activities usually relate to violation of immigration laws and criminal offenses. However the law does not provide any specifications or details of the criminal offenses that can result in deportation. The law merely provides the broad categories of criminal offenses that can result in deportation. Generally conviction for drug crimes, crimes of moral turpitude and aggravated felonies can result in deportation.
The main problem is the issue of definition of aggravated felony for the purpose of deportation. This term plays a central role because it is one of the triggers for mandatory detention and deportation. As the term is defined, a crime need not be either aggravated or a felony. For example, a conviction for simple battery or for shoplifting with a one-year suspended sentence—either of which would be a misdemeanor or a violation in most states—can be deemed an aggravated felony. Consult with our Atlanta deportation lawyer today.
When the concept of aggravated felony was first introduced in 1988, aggravated felony covered three crimes: murder, drug trafficking, and illegal trafficking in firearms and destructive devices. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996 expanded the definition of ‘aggravated felony’ in US domestic law to include offences that by international standards might be considered minor, such as shoplifting or disorderly drunken behavior. Prior to IIRIRA, legal permanent residents could only be deported within five years after committing a crime and serving their sentences. IIRIRA allows for deportation of people who committed an aggravated felony “at any time” and the USCIS has deported some LPRs who committed crimes ten, twenty, and even thirty years ago. Thus, IIRIRA allows for double jeopardy—the punishment of people twice for the same offense—and for ex post facto—removal for crimes that were not deportable offenses when they were committed.
Generally the following crimes are considered as felony crimes:
<li>a crime of violence for which the term of imprisonment is at least 1 year;</li>
<li>a theft offense (including receipt of stolen property) or burglary offense for which the term of imprisonment is at least one year;</li>
<li>illicit trafficking in drugs, firearms, destructive devices, or explosive materials;</li>
<li>an offense that involves fraud or deceit in which the loss to the victim or victims exceeds $10,000;</li>
<li>offenses related to alien smuggling (though some exceptions apply); and</li>
<li>murder, rape, or sexual abuse of a minor.</li>
<li>attempt or conspiracy to commit an aggravated felony.</li>
Consult with an experienced US deportation attorney at Zeribe Law Ofices if you have been convicted of a crime categorized above. Don’t take chances. You may be deported from the United States. If convicted, you should appeal to have the crime categorized as a lower crime. You will be able to avoid deportation.
Schedule a consultation with our Atlanta deportation lawyer today.