Why Do You Need Strong Criminal Defense to Fight Against Deportation?

Defense representation for criminal aliens in Arizona is vital to fight against deportation. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) makes deporting aliens convicted of crimes its top priority.

An ICE press release published toward the end of December 2012 announced record high deportation statistics for certain categories of removals. ICE statistics included:

  • Removal of 409,849 individuals
  • Removal of approximately 55 percent, or 225,390, individuals convicted of felonies or misdemeanors
  • Criminal conviction removals that doubled the 2008 statistics
  • Removal of 1,215 aliens convicted of homicide
  • Removal of 5,557 aliens convicted of sexual offenses
  • Removal of 40,448 aliens convicted for drug crimes
  • Removal of 36,166 aliens convicted of driving under the influence

ICE has a current focus of deporting the most serious criminal offenders and those with repeated offenses, rather than individuals with minor misdemeanor offenses. Under ICE's new National Detainer Guidance policy, ICE officials use the following guidelines for issuing a detainer:

  • Prior felony conviction or charged with felony offense
  • Three or more prior misdemeanor convictions
  • Prior misdemeanor conviction or charged with misdemeanors involving
  • Violence, threats, assault
  • Sexual abuse or exploitation
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance
  • Unlawful flight from an accident scene
  • Unlawful possession or use of a firearm or deadly weapon
  • Controlled substance trafficking or distribution
  • Significant public safety threat
  • Illegal entry conviction

You should seek legal help from a Tucson criminal alien defense lawyer to protect your rights if you are an alien facing arrest.

Benavidez Law Group, P.C. provides strong criminal defense for aliens accused of criminal offenses and we represent clients throughout Southern Arizona.