Every year, thousands of immigrants come to Las Vegas. They are hoping for a new start, and perhaps a chance at the American dream. With Las Vegas continuing to grow, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to move here. There are just so many good jobs available. Unfortunately, like long-time residents, people who are considered immigrants sometimes run afoul of the law.
For an immigrant who may still be learning English and isn’t familiar with the American justice system, being arrested and charged with a crime can be particularly traumatizing. They fear being sent to prison or receiving a sizable fine. Perhaps even more troubling, they wonder if they will be deported back to their nation of origin.
These fears can be well-founded. Certain criminal convictions can certainly land a non-citizen in immigration court where they may be deported. The Department of Homeland Security also gets involved, usually trying to convince the immigration court that the immigrant’s crime proves that they should be ineligible to live in the U.S.
It’s crucial for anyone who is charged with a crime to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. However, it may be even more critical for an immigrant to do so because the consequences for a conviction can be particularly dire. That’s even true for “legal aliens” who are in America as a legal permanent resident or have a green card. Others who are refugees or asylees or have a visa may be similarly at risk if they are convicted of a crime.
Aggravated felonies are considered particularly heinous. Rape, murder, lewdness with a child under 14 and a multitude of theft and fraud crimes may all be considered aggravated felonies. If you have been charged with one of these crimes, then you need the immediate assistance of attorneys who provide defense of immigrants in Las Vegas.
Don’t trust your case to just any criminal attorney in Nevada. You need a lawyer who has represented the rights of immigrants in other cases and has the necessary background in criminal law. Contact us today to speak with an attorney who offers defense of immigrants in Las Vegas.