Whether you are in the United States (US) on a non-immigrant visa, or a green card, your status within the US could be threatened if you are charged with a crime. It is imperative that you contact a criminal lawyer immediately after being arrested. This should be done before you speak with any law enforcement officer. Early in the criminal process you should also consult with an immigration lawyer to ensure you are aware of any immigration consequences due to your arrest and potential conviction. Due to your non-citizen status, your criminal lawyer may need to approach your case differently than if you were a US citizen.
Being arrested and facing criminal charges is always stressful. When you are a non-citizen and facing possible deportation it is potentially life changing for you and your family. You will need an immigration lawyer to advise you regarding the possible consequences of a criminal arrest and conviction: Contact the Washington, D.C. Law Office of Bruce I. Yamashita, PLLC.
“I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold. When I got there, found out three things: First, the streets weren’t paved with gold, second; they weren’t paved at all; and third, I was expected to pave them.”
– Old Italian American Saying