If you are arrested for suspicion of domestic violence, local law enforcement agents will fingerprint you when you are booked into custody. The fingerprints are then checked against a database to determine if you are already on parole, under probation, or an immigrant. When this occurs, non-U.S. citizens can quickly find themselves under the watchful eye of International and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and suddenly facing deportation.
Domestic violence convictions can affect your citizenship in numerous ways. Domestic violence is considered a crime of moral turpitude. Section 237 of the Immigration and Nationality Act states that any noncitizen that is convicted of a crime of moral turpitude within five years of entering the U.S. is deportable. This includes individuals who have green cards and visas. Violating a protective order can also make you instantly deportable under the U.S. immigration law.
Even if you have held your green card for several years, a conviction of domestic violence could jeopardize your chances of ever obtaining a green card in the United States. In addition, if there are children involved, a domestic violence conviction could jeopardize your child custody or visitation rights.
Even a mere accusation of domestic violence is often enough to ruin your life, especially if you are a non-U.S. citizen. You could be prevented from seeing your children, find yourself without a home to sleep in, and unable to work.
Unfortunately, many individuals are aware of these serious consequences, and jilted lovers and exes falsely accuse their partners of domestic violence simply out of revenge. Yes—sadly, even innocent men and women can be convicted of domestic violence without the right legal representation. If you are an immigrant or a non-U.S. citizen, you need an experienced and skilled Oakland domestic violence lawyer on your side to protect your rights and your future.
When everything is on the line, you need someone in your corner who can expose the holes in the prosecution's case against you. At the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, our skilled Oakland domestic violence attorney understands the complexities surrounding immigration and domestic violence cases. As such, we work aggressively to build a solid defense that is designed to prevent deportation, so you can keep your green card.
After thoroughly investigating your case, our Oakland criminal defense lawyer fights to have the charges against you dismissed all together, in order to avoid deportation. If that isn't possible, we can often negotiate a plea bargain to have the charges reduced to disturbing the peace or trespassing, which are not considered crimes of moral turpitude.
If you are a non-U.S. citizen who doesn't speak English, the legal process can be a confusing and scary time. During this complicated process, non-English speaking Defendants need an attorney on their side who can fight for their rights and prevent them from being falsely convicted.
At the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, we have Spanish-speaking staff available to assist you from the moment you are arrested.