Tacoma immigration lawyer
Tacoma immigration attorney

If you are not a United States Citizen and you are charged with a crime-

you may face far more severe consequences than the potential sentence

for your criminal charges, including DEPORTATION

Important Notice For Non United States Citizens

Charged With a Crime


If you are not a United States citizen, and you are charged with a crime, the immigration consequences of a conviction could prove to be far more severe than the immediate court consequences.  Unfortunately, many criminal attorneys do not know the immigration consequences that even minor criminal convictions, even a first time DUI, can have on a non-citizen. Because of the serious immigration consequences of many criminal convictions or even pleas resulting in dismissal, effective criminal defense of a non-citizen often goes well beyond the typical criminal defense.  


Immigration Hold while the Case is Pending


If you are not a United States Citizen and you are arrested for a crime, the office of homeland security may put an immigration hold on you which is sometimes known as an ICE hold. This means that you will not be able to bond out of jail while your case is pending.  You need a lawyer who can talk with homeland security and negotiate a way to have this hold removed pending resolution of your case. Immigration can put a hold on you for any charge, even a misdemeanor. 


Potential for Deportation


Even misdemeanor convictions with no jail time can result in the deportation and permanent exclusion of a non-citizen. If you take a plea or get found guilty at trial, even if the criminal court does not convict you of the charge for immigration purposes it is a criminal conviction. This same result occurs even with residents that have been in the United States for decades, established businesses, purchased homes, raised families and had no other prior legal problems. The immigration consequences depend on the classification of the crime.


Useful Links

The State of Washington's Criminal Code


General Information Regarding Criminal Law


Washington State Patrol Information on Breath Tests

To discuss your criminal charges, their potential effects on your immigration status, and possible solutions, please call our

Washington immigration attorney at 253-254-5298,

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