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Crimes & Immigration

Criminal charges can have a serious negative impact on your ability to remain in the U.S. If you are currently working toward permanent resident status or citizenship, finding the right legal support can help you overcome obstacles to your continued residence and employment in the Atlanta area. Any criminal charges could be held against you when determining your immigration status and could make it much more difficult for you to achieve your dream of living and working in the U.S.

Crimes that Could Affect Your Status

Even if you have already been granted lawful permanent resident (LPR) status, certain felony convictions could affect your ability to stay in the U.S. These crimes generally fall into two categories:

  • Aggravated felonies
  • Crimes of moral turpitude

Aggravated felonies are usually violent in nature and premeditated. Some of the most common aggravated felonies include assault and battery, rape, murder and abuse. Crimes of moral turpitude can include some of the same offenses. This classification of crime, however, typically involves the intent to commit criminal acts and could include offenses like embezzlement, theft and fraud.

Good Moral Character

One of the requirements for becoming a U.S. citizen is to maintain good moral character. A criminal conviction can make it difficult to meet this criterion and could prevent you from achieving your goal of citizenship or permanent residency. Seeking legal help immediately is your best defense against losing your chance to remain in the U.S.

At Pozo Goldstein, we specialize in all aspects of immigration law. Our team consists of former immigration prosecutors and a former judge, ensuring that we have the depth of experience needed to manage your case effectively. We will work diligently to protect your legal rights and to help you stay in the U.S. By choosing Pozo Goldstein for all your immigration needs, you can enjoy the most assertive defense strategies and the greatest chance of success for your case.