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Your immigration status can change due to criminal activity

People who immigrate into the United States are expected to follow the laws here. Facing criminal charges can sometimes be the basis of removal proceedings. People who aren't citizens are expected to have good morals. A crime that involves moral turpitude and those that are aggravated felonies might lead to you being removed from the country and barred from coming back.

If you are facing criminal charges, you need to find out how this might impact your status here. There are many that can change things for you, even if they are considered misdemeanors where you live. There are some activities that are specifically listed by Congress.

  • Filing at least one fraudulent tax return
  • Illicit trafficking of firearms or incendiary devices
  • Federal drug trafficking
  • Murder
  • Theft
  • Simple battery
  • Failing to appear for a court hearing

There are some crimes that can impact your status simply based on the moral implications. These include things like child abuse, carrying an illegally concealed weapon, tax evasion, perjury and wire fraud.

The type of status you have here can have a direct impact on the consequences you have to face. The most severe of these is being removed without the possibility of ever being allowed back. You can't ever think that your criminal case is minor if you are here on an immigration status. The ways that even seemingly minor convictions might change your future shouldn't ever be ignored. Make sure that you are considering this even if you are being offered a plea deal because this is still considered a conviction in the eyes of the law.

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