I AM A GREEN CARD HOLDER WHO HAS COMMITTED A CRIME… WILL I BE DEPORTED?

One of the questions I get asked a lot is whether a person will get deported for an arrest or crime conviction. This is a normal concern and I would be scared too. Whether or not you’re going to be deported for a criminal conviction is going to depend on the conviction. Immigration has a broad range of crimes that make you removable from the United States. Even if it’s a misdemeanor under criminal law, that doesn’t mean it’s a minor offence for immigration law. Generally, drug offences are going to always make you removable from the United States, except in the case of a small amount of marijuana if you are in the United States. Anything else, such as a theft offense, a fraud offense, or a violent felony can make you removable from the United States.

 Just because a criminal lawyer says something was dismissed, may not be true for immigration law.

Often time a lawful permanent resident will make the mistake that a plea agreement for time served, probation or conditional discharge is not a conviction, but it is for immigration purposes.  Just because a criminal lawyer says something was dismissed, may not be true for immigration law just because under criminal law it wasn’t a big penalty. If you didn’t go to jail and only did probation, that does not mean it’s not serious for immigration law. It’s very important to understand the criminal conviction and bring that to an immigration lawyer with all of your documentation to discuss it thoroughly and make sure you understand the consequences of that criminal conviction.  This can affect your chance of  applying for citizenship, if you decide to travel outside the country or even apply to renew your green card.

It is very important that your criminal lawyer tells you the immigration consequences or you speak with an immigration lawyer.

Most importantly, if you are dealing with a criminal case currently and have pending charges, it is very important that your criminal lawyer tells you the immigration consequences or you speak with an immigration lawyer. This required under criminal law now that a criminal lawyer makes certain that you understand the immigration consequences.

If you are in this situation and you would like to discuss the specifics of your case, please call our office to schedule a consultation via Skype or telephone. Because immigration is federal law, I can help you anywhere you live. We have clients in other countries, like Kuwait, Germany and throughout the U.S. whom we have never met in person and still help them get to their goal.

I am the owner and founder of Dahlia R Castillo Law Firm: A Virtual Immigration Law Office. My goal was to create an alternative way of providing immigration service at the convenience of the clients anytime and from anywhere by using bank grade technology. 

Immigration Raids: Do You Have A Plan?

Are you or someone you love at risk of being deported? Do you have a plan of what you will do if you are approach by an ICE agent? Over the past few days, we have received news of immigration raids in these cities:

– Baltimore, MD
– Charlotte, NC
– Atlanta, GA
– Medford, MA
– Houston, TX

ICE is out on the prowl  and may be in your area. This means you should have plans of action in the event that immigration touch the door.

What is ICE?

 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is one of the federal government agencies responsible for deporting people. ICE is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Check List: Are You or Your Family Member at risk of being arrested by ICE?

ICE targets certain immigrants for deportation. Common targets include:

Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) with prior convictions

Be aware: You may be a target even if:

• Your conviction is from years ago;

• You didn’t serve time in jail;

• Your case was minor or a misdemeanor;

• You’ve been an LPR for a long time; and/or

• All the other members of your family are US citizens.

 

 

 

 

 

Undocumented people with violations or convictions

Be aware: You may be a key target if you:

• are undocumented and have a conviction

(for example: DUI “driving under the

influence,” drugs, domestic violence,

unlawful gun possession, or child

endangerment; or

• You entered the U.S. on or after January

2, 2014 and/or you have been ordered

deported since January 1, 2014

 

 

Are ICE agents approaching anyone they think they can deport?

ICE agents know  ahead of time who they want to arrest. They go to homes, courthouses, shelters and even workplaces to look for that person. Sometimes they wait on the street of your home and work to make the arrest.

If you are at risk, MAKE A PLAN!

  • Make a plan with your loved ones in case you are picked up by ICE!
  • Avoid contact with Immigration – don’t apply to change your immigration status or to renew your greencard and don’t travel outside of the United States without talking to a lawyer first!
  • Avoid contact with the  police. They will share your fingerprints with Immigration!

ICE approach you on the street or in public

When ICE agents arrest someone in public, it typically happens quickly. They may call your name out loud and ask you to confirm your name and then arrest you.

  • Before you say your name or anything else, ask, “AM I FREE TO GO?”
  • If they say YES: Say, “I don’t want to answer your questions” or “I’d rather not speak with you right now.” WALK AWAY.
  • If they say NO: Say NOTHING! Tell them, “I want to use my right not to answer questions” or “I want to exercise my right to remain silent” and then say “I want to speak to a lawyer.
  • If ICE starts to search inside your pockets or belongings, say, “I do not consent to a search.”
  • DON’T LIE or show false documents. Don’t flee or resist arrest.
  • Don’t answer questions about your immigration status or where you were born. They will use any information you provide against you. Do not hand over any foreign documents such as a passport, consular IDs, or expired visas.
  • If you are in Criminal Court for a court date, ask to speak to your defender before they take you away.

ICE Shows Up At Your Door

ICE often pretend to be police and say they want to talk to you about identity theft or an ongoing investigation. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR! If this happens, Say “I’d rather not speak with you right now.”

ICE CANNOT ENTER YOUR HOME TO ARREST YOU

ICE CANNOT come into your home without a SIGNED warrant OR if you let them in. If they say they have a warrant, tell them to pass warrant under your door before you open it.

ICE Shows Up At Your Door

  • Find out if they are from DHS or ICE.
  • Try to stay calm. Be polite. Don’t lie. Say “I don’t want to talk to you right now.
  • Politely ask to see a warrant signed by a judge and to slip it under the door. If they don’t have one, decline to let them in.
  • If they are looking for someone else, ask them to leave contact information and to slip it under the door. You don’t have to tell them where to find the person and you should not lie.

ICE Is Inside My Home

  • Tell them if there are children or if there are adults that cannot care for themselves at home.
  • Ask them to step outside, unless they have a warrant signed by a judge.
  • If they came inside without your permission, tell them “I do not consent to you being in my home. Please leave.”
  • If they start to search rooms or items in your home, tell them “I do not consent to your search.”
  • If ICE is arresting you, tell them if you have medical issues or need to arrange for childcare. What are my rights if I am being arrested by ICE?
  • You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to speak to a lawyer.
  • DO NOT LIE. It can only hurt you in the future.
  • You do NOT have to share any information about where you were born, what your immigration status is, or your criminal record. Ask to speak to a lawyer instead of answering questions.
  • You do NOT have to give them your consular documents or passport unless they have a warrant from a judge.
  • You do not have to sign anything.

 

If you or a loved one is deportable, have a plan!

To find out if you or a loved one is deportable, call office at 888-638-5157 #2

THIS BLOG POST IS SOLELY FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES.  IT SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE NOR DOES IT CREATE AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP.  CONSULT WITH A LICENSED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY FOR LEGAL ADVICE.Immigration Raids blog

Virtual Immigration Attorney: You Don’t Have to Give Up Time To See A Lawyer

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What is a Virtual Immigration Law Office?

A Virtual Immigration Law Office (VILO) is an online law office that operates from the lawyer’s home or satellite office by providing a secure environment to clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. VILOs provide an incredibly convenient way to take care of legal needs online while you work.

The VILO is NOT a DOCUMENT SERVICE that just provides pre-printed forms.

The VILO is NOT a DOCUMENT SERVICE that just provides pre-printed forms. I PERFORM much of the SAME tasks of traditional immigration law Office. I PREPARE ALL my clients for their USCIS interviews and consular interviews via Skype. I even attend the USCIS interviews with my clients if they need me.

Our legal fees are fixed, which means that they will not increase after you sign the fee agreement. Since every immigration case is unique, all clients are provided with an individualized attorney fee quote for services before we undertake your specific case.

4 Easy Steps:

How Does The Virtual Immigration Law Office Work?

SET UP A CONSULTATION: Sign-up and Pay for a consultation on-line or over the phone with a licensed attorney regarding your legal needs in a secure online website. You can speak to the attorney while on a lunch break or in your pajamas.
FEE AGREEMENTA fee agreement and attorney fee quote based on your specific circumstance will be emailed to you. You can email, fax, or mail the signed agreement and pay. Payment Plans available if you qualify.
VILO ACCOUNT CREATED: A VILO account is created and you receive your log-in credentials the attorney fee online or over the phone.
GET TO WORK: Welcome to your VILO! Now you can complete a questionnaire and upload the required supporting documents using your personal log-in credential. Documents requiring original signatures will be mailed to a P.O. Box.

Morale of the story….?

We can HANDLE your IMMIGRATION case whether you live in LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK or ANYWHERE in the UNITED STATES.

You do not have to take off time to meet with an attorney. No need to take off work, travel to a law office or wait to meet with an attorney.  You can use the VILO anywhere. You receive the same level of representation from a licensed attorney from the comfort of your home.
The VILO provide affordable immigration services in all areas of immigration law, including, but not limited to permanent resident green card, 601 A Waiver, K-1 Visa/Fiancee visa, US Citizenship and Naturalization law. Free initial immigration consultation by telephone or email are available to determine if you have immigration options.  The end!