Immigration Consequences Of Criminal Charges

Are You Facing A Criminal Charge?

Immigration status is affected when a criminal charge becomes a conviction. If you or a loved one is arrested in Texas, it is best to get a lawyer as soon as possible.

If you admitted doing the crime you are charged for, the judge may order some form of punishment. A conviction includes when a judge or jury issues a formal judgment of guilt of the charge for the crime and the judge has ordered a penalty or restraint on your freedom.

A charge is generally:

  • A conviction which is not final
  • A finding of delinquency
  • Acquittal or finding of not guilty
  • Diversionary program without determination or admission of guilt

  • Setting aside or vacating criminal conviction

The Law Office of Mark Kinzler, PC has been preserving the rights of immigrants for over 15 years and can get you the best possible outcome if you are facing criminal charges.

Don't wait to call attorney Mark Kinzler at 512-402-5823 for a consultation. You may also contact our office online.

Have You Been Charged With Drunk Driving A Few Times?

With some exceptions, immigrants seeking admission into the U.S. who have criminal convictions may not be considered for naturalization. Among the crimes which would make an alien inadmissible include:

  • Prison sentences for a total of 180 days or more in the last five years
  • Intentionally harming another person
  • Fraudulent property crime
  • Habitual drunkenness, illegal gambling, prostitution
  • Failing to pay court-ordered child support or alimony payments
  • Drug charges

The noncitizen will be inadmissible and removable if one of these categories applies, unless there is a waiver or one of a few exceptions applies.

What Happens If I Was Already Lawfully Admitted?

Convictions for certain crimes make a person lawfully admitted deportable. Deportability applies to persons who have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. such as persons with green cards.

Unless an exception applies, removal is the consequence to being considered deportable. Among the convictions a lawful permanent citizen may be deported are:

  • Conviction or admitting to committing an aggravated felony
  • Controlled substance charge
  • Firearms offense
  • Domestic violence
  • Violent crimes

Austin attorney Mark Kinzler has been assisting non-citizens for over 15 years and can get the best possible result in your immigration case. Call today for an appointment for a consultation at 512-402-5823. Complete our online form.