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Chicago deportation defense attorneys, immigration, criminal charges, criminal charges for immigration, deportationBeing brought up on criminal charges is always frightening and disconcerting. For non-citizen defendants, there is an added dimension to fear. Depending on the nature of the crime committed, it can sometimes be used as a tool for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to deport you. If you have committed a crime, it is imperative that you understand the nature of the charges against you and be aware as to whether it could result in immigration consequences.

Crimes of Moral Turpitude

Many foreign nationals living in the U.S. have had run-ins with law enforcement, though the end results can be anything from a warning to a murder conviction. A significant portion of the crimes that have been alleged against them fall under a category USCIS refers to as crimes of moral turpitude (CIMTs). If you commit a crime of moral turpitude within two years of your admission to the U.S., or more than one in a ‘single scheme’ within five years of admission, it is grounds for deportation.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_criminal-charges-immigration-status-Chicago.jpgIf you are a non-citizen in the United States, you must be extra careful to obey the law. If you wind up facing criminal charges, you can face not only criminal penalties, but you may also wind up in removal proceedings or unilaterally deemed deportable. Knowing the relationship between criminal law and immigration law may save you time and trouble, depending on the nature of your case.

Aggravated Felony

An aggravated felony used to mean a very specific couple of offenses, but the list has expanded over the years. At this point, it may be easier to define what is not an aggravated felony, rather than what is one. The general rule is that an aggravated felony is a criminal offense that involves dishonesty or fraud, but in reality, almost every crime under the sun can be an aggravated felony depending on the situation.

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Chicago criminal defense attorneys, pending marijuana casesOn July 29, 2016, Governor Rauner signed SB 2228, which changes the sentence for possession of small amounts of marijuana from jail time to a fine, usually between $100-$200. The change will reduce the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on incarcerating prisoners, as well as the strain on the court system. However, since the offenses in question were formerly criminal in nature, there is no law on the books that addresses them now that they are civil. To work around this problem until legislation can be passed, the Illinois Supreme Court has issued several new procedural rules to use in the interim.

The decision to decriminalize possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana was implemented officially on September 1, and will have positive effects on the state’s budget if the financial impact analysis performed by the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council (ISPAC) holds up. In order to help the adjustments to the law be processed smoothly by both state employees and offenders, though, regulations have been propagated by the Supreme Court to ensure that the process is respected.

Supreme Court Rules 585-590 were adopted in September 2016, and each specifically delineates procedures by which civil marijuana possession citations can be disposed of. Rule 585 merely establishes that the rules are applicable to civil actions, but Rules 586-590 govern aspects of procedure that the average person may be unaware of and should know if they are issued a citation for possession.

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Chicago immigration attorneys, marriage fraudThe trope of marriage fraud is a common staple in movies, especially comedies. However, sham marriages do still take place today, and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (USCIS) does not find these types of marriages funny in the least.

Since marrying a U.S. citizen is a relatively painless way to obtain permanent resident status, USCIS does its best to ensure that marriages between citizens and foreign nationals are bona fide, with stern consequences if a marriage is found to be bogus.

Marriages Are Strictly Vetted

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DuPage County deportation attorneys, criminal convictions, immigration lawMost people are aware nowadays that there are several different varieties of criminal conviction. However, when dealing with immigration law, the lines blur. It can be a rude awakening to learn that in some instances, even misdemeanors can result in your being declared inadmissible or deportable.

While it is possible to obtain waivers or other decisions that result in your being permitted to stay in the U.S., your best defense against being found deportable is to be aware of what kind of conduct is proscribed.

The Myth of the Aggravated Felony

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