Defense Representation for Criminal Aliens in Arizona
United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) places a high priority on combating illegal immigration, including targeting aliens with criminal records. At the Benavidez Law Group, P.C. in Tucson, we defend illegal and resident aliens against criminal charges, helping our clients to remain in Arizona whenever possible, or safely return to Mexico, depending on their goals.
Criminal Charges Can Lead to Deportation
When an individual is not yet a U.S. citizen, any type of criminal charge, whether it is a misdemeanor or felony arrest, can dramatically impact immigration status, pending adjustment or naturalization. In many cases, the federal government will initiate deportation or removal proceedings to force you to return to your home country against your will. The major offenses for which illegal aliens are convicted include:
- Unlawfully entering the United States and other immigration offenses
- Drug offenses, including trafficking and possession
- Fraud, including fraudulent documents and fraudulent marriage
- Homicide and other violent crimes
Within ICE, the Criminal Alien Program provides direction and support in the identification and arrest of aliens who are incarcerated within federal, state and local prisons and jails, as well as at-large criminal aliens. It is the ICE’s responsibility to ensure that all efforts are made to investigate, arrest and remove criminal aliens from the United States before they are released to ICE custody. Expediting the removal process reduces overall cost to the federal government.
The government initiative to prosecute criminal aliens as quickly as possible means that any alien facing criminal charges must act just as quickly to protect their rights. The Benavidez Law Group, P.C. has years of experience helping non-U.S. citizens fight deportation by defending against criminal charges. We can effectively represent you or your loved one in criminal court and immigration court.
Returning to the United States as a Criminal Alien
If you are arrested as an illegal alien or illegal immigrant 90 days or less after your status ends, you will not be able to return to the United States for one year. More than 90 days will result in a five-year ban from reentering the country. In some cases, however, we may be able to file an immigration waiver on your behalf for the criminal alien charge.
Contact an Experienced Immigration & Criminal Lawyer in Tucson
Whether you have recently come to the United States, or you have lived here since childhood, you could be deported if you are involved in a criminal act. Contact Benavidez Law Group, P.C. for the strong representation you need after an arrest. Hablamos español.