Non-citizen criminal defendants are subject to deportation for even minor criminal offenses, including municipal offenses, minor drug crimes, domestic violence offenses, violations of restraining orders, and shoplifting. Criminal convictions and even criminal arrests can affect non-citizens in three ways. First, a criminal conviction can make a non-citizen deportable. This means that a criminal conviction can cause a person to be expelled from the country as a result of the conviction. Second, a criminal conviction or even an arrest can make a person inadmissible to the U.S. This means that a person with a criminal conviction or arrest can be denied entry to the U.S., if he or she ever leaves and attempts to re-enter, or can be denied a visa if he or she ever applies for one. Third, a criminal conviction or arrest can prevent a person from obtaining citizenship in the U.S. Even people who are lawful permanent residents of the U.S. risk having their residency taken away and being deported for even minor criminal offenses. As a result of other changes in the law, even criminal cases that have eventually been erased or expunged will still be considered convictions for immigration purposes. Do not assume that just because your criminal case was eventually expunged from your record that you are free from immigration consequences. If you have a criminal record of any kind, or even if you have ever been arrested for a crime, you should seek a consultation with an immigration attorney before you submit any immigration paperwork to United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.
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Effective March 25, 2020, in response to “Stay at Home” orders Joseph & Hall PC is closed to the public and is now conducting nearly all of its operations remotely during the COVID-19 health crisis through April 18th.
We continue to have a limited number of staff in our office to perform basic operations such as assembling and filing petitions, receiving and distributing mail and issuing checks. We are grateful to be in a business that is conducive to remote work and for all of your patience and support. Our lawyers and paralegals are here to answer the array of questions that continue to arise daily and will keep you informed during these rapidly changing times. We will hold telephonic or video meetings rather than in-person meetings. These meetings can be done by SKYPE or Zoom Conference call so that you can continue to interact with your legal team, face-to-face.
We remain committed to delivering outstanding client services. We do have one important request – please do not come into the office in person for your health and safety and that of our employees. Please mail or email all documents to our office. Also, you can make any required payments online at https://vpspay.com/p/3 or make them over the phone by calling 303-297-9171 or by mail. Please stay healthy!