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Criminal Defense Attorney in Dallas

Personalized Legal Service to Give Clients Opportunities.

Criminal law cases can be difficult to deal with. When combined with immigration, these cases become much more complicated. The possible consequences go beyond fines and can result in imprisonment, deportation, and the denial of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residence.

Meaders Law stands out as a trustworthy immigration and criminal defense practice in Dallas, Texas. We can help to minimize the immigration consequences of criminal charges. Our priority is making every effort to prevent the removal of yourself and your family from the U.S., and to provide you with the opportunity for permanent residence and citizenship.

For help with immigration-related criminal defense matters, call us at (972) 440-1418.

Criminal Acts that Lead to Removal from the U.S.

A crucial aspect of the immigration defense process is evaluating particular crimes and their distinct immigration effects. According to the Immigration and Nationality Act, there are certain criminal convictions that may lead to an immigrant being deported.

Criminal offenses that are grounds for removal from the U.S. include:

  • Particular offenses related to firearms
  • Crimes of stalking, domestic violence, violating protection orders, and crimes against children
  • Crimes involving moral debaucheries, such as voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault
  • Aggravated felony, such as forgery or perjury, fraud or deceit, commercial bribery, passport or document fraud, and trafficking in vehicles with altered ID numbers
  • Convictions related to controlled substances

One term often related to criminal acts and removal is "moral turpitude." Moral turpitude is defined as an act or conduct that is shockingly depraved committed with an "evil" or malicious intent. These acts can be a reason for deportation if the person was convicted of the crime within five years of their date of entry, resulting in a sentence of imprisonment or confinement for at least a year.

Moral turpitude is a term that is broad and subject to personal interpretation. However, several crimes are always considered crimes of moral turpitude, including:

  • Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Rape and Statutory Rape
  • Domestic Violence
  • Prostitution
  • Fraud, Blackmail, and Bribery
  • Arson and Malicious Property Destruction
  • Perjury
  • Harboring a Fugitive
  • Nearly All Theft Offenses

How Meaders Law Can Help

Due to the complexity of immigration criminal law and the outstanding consequences that may be imposed upon you, it is important to find a knowledgeable and skilled attorney. Leave your case in the capable hands of Meaders Law to help you avoid conviction of crimes that are grounds for removal.

If you are a non-U.S. citizen charged with a crime, call us at (972) 440-1418.