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St. Joseph Deportation Defense Lawyer

If you are facing a deportation order under the current administration, you are probably pretty scared. The government has made it more difficult to enter the U.S. legally and have held lawful immigrants to a very high standard. Today, minor drug offenses can put your residency in peril. If you are facing a deportation order, understand that while you may not be a full citizen, you still have rights.

The attorneys at Kriezelman Burton & Associates help immigrants at all stages of the immigration process. This includes helping immigrants apply for their green card or, when the situation warrants, fighting a deportation order. Our St. Joseph deportation defense attorneys will act as fearless advocates for your cause and do everything in our power to fight the deportation order. Give us a call or talk to us online to set up an appointment. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Notice to Appear (NTA)

The first stage of a deportation involves what is called a Notice to Appear. NTAs are issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and outline the reasons why the government believes you are deportable. These reasons can include:

  • Certain criminal offenses;
  • Overstaying a visa;
  • Violating the terms of a visa;
  • Suspected involvement in a criminal organization;
  • Committing fraud on a visa application; or
  • Missing court-imposed deadlines to appear.

The reason will be listed on the NTA. Generally, there are two types of criminal activity for which the DHS can deport a person. These include crimes of moral turpitude and aggravated felonies. Moral turpitude can include crimes such as prostitution or drug offenses. They even include minor drug offenses. Under this administration, the policy of deporting otherwise law-abiding residents for minor offenses has increased dramatically.

Defending Against Deportation Charges

There is no clear definition of what constitutes moral turpitude or an aggravated felony. Most defenses will involve disputing whether or not an immigrant’s crime qualifies as either. In cases in which there was no violence involved it is usually possible to persuade the court that the felony was not “aggravated.” In addition, there are some cases in which a crime that the DHS might consider a crime of moral turpitude qualifies for one of the exceptions.

Talk to a Qualified St. Joseph’s Deportation Defense Attorney

The attorneys at Kriezelman Burton & Associates have decades of experience defending lawful immigrants from deportation orders. Our attorneys will passionately advocate on your behalf in order to ensure that your residency is not threatened for a minor offense. Give us a call or talk to us online to set up and appointment today.