What is “Crimmigration” Law?
Criminal law sets out the process of convicting criminal offenders and is largely handled in state court, with some exceptions. On the other hand, immigration matters are based on federal law and dictate when a non-U.S. citizen may or may not live and work in the United States. When these two areas of law intersect, complex cases can arise with a lot at stake, including possible deportation. In such situations, you need a “crimmigration” lawyer in Dutchess County, Ulster County, and Orange County on your side.
Crimmigration is the combination of criminal and immigration law, and lawyers who practice this type of law largely focus on whether a criminal case will also have immigration consequences. The following might is often true of attorneys:
- Criminal defense attorneys might not have in-depth knowledge of immigration law, and might not adequately advise a non-citizen of the possible immigration consequences of a criminal matter
- Immigration attorneys might not have a thorough understanding of how to present the strongest defense possible to criminal charges
Many non-citizens are shocked to learn that a plea agreement or another outcome of their criminal case is leading to deportation proceedings because their attorney never advised them as such. It is important to have a crimmigration lawyer who can evaluate every possible effect of your case.
There is not an exhaustive list of criminal offenses that might have immigration consequences, but some include:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Domestic violence
- Sex crimes
- Firearms offenses
- Violent crimes
- Crimes of moral turpitude
Contact an Immigrant Criminal Defense Lawyer in Dutchess County, Ulster County, and Orange County as Soon as Possible
If you are a non-citizen facing criminal charges, you want the right Dutchess County, Ulster County, and Orange County, New York, immigrant criminal defense attorney on your side who understands crimmigration law. To speak with the Law Offices of Nicklaus Misiti, PLLC, about your case, contact us online or call 845.926.1177 today.