If you are a noncitizen who currently faces criminal charges, it is important to work with a criminal defense attorney and an experienced immigration lawyer to assure your criminal case does not result in deportation. Our attorneys often consult with criminal defense attorneys during the criminal plea process to help reduce the risk of prolonged detention and deportation. In addition, attorneys at Becker & Lee LLP represent clients with criminal convictions in removal proceedings and bond proceedings before the Immigration Court.
Immigration Bonds / ‘ICE Holds’
Our attorneys have extensive experience requesting bonds for our clients who are in ICE custody. In determining the amount of a bond and/or whether to release a detained noncitizen, an Immigration Judge usually considers whether the person is a danger to society, the risk that the person will flee upon release and whether the detainee is eligible for any immigration benefits. Not everyone is eligible for release on bond, but many are. If your family member is detained by ICE, gather all relevant criminal records and contact our attorneys.
Reviewing Criminal Records: The Legal Advice You Need
The crossover between criminal and immigration law is incredibly complex and is subject to frequent changes due to different interpretations of the law by the courts. At Becker & Lee LLP, we focus only on immigration law and our lawyers remain current on all new court decisions and government interpretations that may affect our immigration clients.
If you have been arrested and/or convicted of any crimes, it is important to obtain a full copy of all criminal documents so that an experienced immigration attorney can determine how your criminal history will impact your immigration case. Depending on the nature and seriousness of the crime committed, noncitizens may face a range of immigration consequences for conviction, including:
- Removal proceedings and deportation
- Immigration detention / “ICE holds”
- Disqualification from becoming a U.S. citizen
- Disqualification from obtaining lawful permanent residence
- Loss of immigration status and/or disqualification from extending status
- Problems traveling internationally
Talk To A San Francisco Bay Area Immigration Lawyer About Your Case
U.S. immigration law places heavy sanctions on non-U.S. citizens who have violated criminal laws. If you have been charged or convicted of a crime, contact our California law firm to learn how to protect your right to stay in the country.