Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

Even those who legally live and work in the U.S. can find their immigration status jeopardized if they’re charged with (or convicted of) certain criminal offenses. Those who commit one of any number of “crimes of moral turpitude” can be ineligible to naturalize and become a U.S. citizen or may even be subject to deportation.

It’s crucial to inform your criminal attorney of your immigration status so that your attorney can handle your criminal case in a way that minimizes immigration consequences as much as possible.

Drug Charges

Fighting drug charges in North Carolina can be tricky if you are not a U.S. Citizen, talk to an attorney who knows how to fight your drug charge with a strategy that will not affect, or minimize the immigration consequences of your drug charge. Participating in a first offenders program in exchange for having your drug charge dismissed is a great strategy for a U.S. citizen, not a good one for an person who is not a U.S. citizen and may face severe immigration consequences.

Misdemeanors

A misdemeanor conviction can carry serious consequences. For example, a Larceny conviction can limit job opportunities and depending on the specifics of the case may cry more severe consequences. Talk to an attorney who will aggressively fight your misdemeanor charge and will keep in mind your current immigration situation to find a strategy to minimize consequences that may affect your immigration status.

Expungements

Expunging your criminal record in North Carolina can be very useful to rebuild your life. Unfortunately, dismissed criminal charges always stay in your record, visible for potential future employers that may take it into account when making employment selections. Talk to an attorney with regard to prior dismissed criminal records and charges you plead guilty to, depending on the situation.

Second-Degree Trespass

If you are charged with this crime, make sure you talk to an attorney. This is a property crime that has a series of element that the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt in order to obtain a conviction. If you are found guilty of second-degree trespass, you will be guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor, contact our office so that we can fight this charge on your behalf.

Shoplifting

Theft and larceny crimes often carry long term and life altering consequences. Seek legal advice if you have been charged with this crime. We are committed to walk you through every step of the way and negotiate a solution that will reduce the consequences of this charge to a minimum, always keeping in mind your immigration situation if applicable.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (PDP)

This charge is typically accompanied with possession of drugs, but charged separately. This is class 1 misdemeanor in North Carolina. Contact our office to discuss your case.