Did you know that if you commit certain crimes in the state of Colorado you could be deported by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, agency? Unless you are a citizen, your immigration status is always in jeopardy when you are involved in a Colorado crime. So, if you are here illegally without papers, legally on a work visa, or legally under a permanent resident green card, being accused of a crime is a big deal. Let’s talk about the types of crimes which make you susceptible to deportation by ICE and what you should do to protect your future. Read more about Domestic Violence and ICE Deportation.
Federal Immigration Law is Really the Problem in Criminal Cases
Under federal law, crimes of “moral turpitude” are the worst kind to be accused of if you are a noncitizen resident or just a temporary worker. What is a crime of moral turpitude? Normally it is those more serious crimes which are called a felony in Jefferson and Douglas County, or those crimes involving a sexual component or a domestic violence component. Sometimes, a DUI or DWAI may qualify. In many cases, the fact that the crime is punishable by a year or more in jail or prison is an important factor. The bottom line is that many crimes qualify for deportation and you must speak with both a criminal defense attorney AND an immigration lawyer. Remember, immigration is covered by federal law, not state law. But, the type of crime you are convicted of will be governed by Colorado state law. So, both jurisdictions are important to your future.
What a Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Do to Help
When you are charged with a crime, it is only an accusation. You are not automatically convicted. The ultimate resolution of your case takes plenty of time – sometimes a year. During this period, an experienced lawyer will examine the law you are charged with, talk with witnesses, employ an investigator, research other law which might be immigration friendly, and have discussions with the district attorney for plea bargaining. Sometimes, we reach out to your victim who might be an ally to your staying in the United States. The bottom line is that we work hard to keep you here in conjunction with your federal immigration attorney. Don’t lose hope.
Details Are Important – So Keep Quiet
Details matter in criminal and immigration cases, so don’t talk to the people trying to deport you. Exercise your right to remain silent when accused of a deportable offense like Internet Luring, Sexual Assault or Domestic Violence. We have a much greater chance of helping you if you act smart when the police or INS come calling. Never give a statement or answer their questions. Instead, call the best criminal defense attorneys at 303-731-0719 today. Together, we can protect your future.