Immigration And Criminal Convictions Don't Mix

We Work To Keep You Out Of Jail And In The US

A criminal conviction can derail the naturalization process if you are looking to become a U.S. citizen, and conviction of an aggravated felony can lead to deportation for noncitizens. If you have been charged with a crime or even questioned in relation to a crime, it is important to enlist the services of an experienced immigration attorney who will protect your rights.

Working with a traditional criminal defense lawyer is not enough. The attorneys at Rodriguez Bell & DiFranco Law Office, LLC, understand both criminal law and immigration law. A criminal defense lawyer who is not familiar with U.S. immigration laws may focus on minimizing the impact of a criminal charge by accepting an agreement that jeopardizes an immigrant's right to remain in the U.S.

The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) states that any noncitizen living in the U.S. may be deported if he or she is convicted of an aggravated felony. This includes conviction of a drug crime, firearms crime, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Defending Your Rights Even After A Conviction

If you have a conviction on your record, we may be able to vacate the conviction in order to prevent deportation. A conviction can be vacated if it can be shown that your attorney did not sufficiently inform you of the consequences of a guilty plea, or that a mistake was made in the process of convicting you.

We work with clients in Columbus and surrounding cities, as well as Cleveland from our offices in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. The consequences of criminal conviction for noncitizens are too severe to risk the outcome. Something as common as a drunk driving conviction can have a lasting impact. Call or email us immediately to schedule a free consultation.

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