Lee & Garasia, LLC
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Tel: 732-516-1717
Toll Free: 888-404-5876
Experience, Accessibility, and Excellence
for Over 20 Years
“When it comes to immigration, I go to Paris and Angie–and trust me, I know a lot of lawyers all over the world.”–Renzo Gracie, Brazilian Jiujitsu and MMA Legend 
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“I would definitely recommend Mr.Lee and Garasia as an immigration attorney because they did a great job with my case i.e. of Adjustment of Status (i-485). Mr. Lee helped us in each and every detailed information and prepared to the best of it. It was all well done and would like to appreciate.”
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“I would like to thank my lawyer Mr Lee & Garasia and the staff for all immense help and patience throughout this entire process, I really appreciate your constant attention to my case, as well to my questions and my concerns. You’ve really made this process much more comprehensive to me, which I greatly appreciate.”
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“Mr. Lee and Ms. Garasia did a great job with my renewal of my permanent residence application. They help prepare the paperwork with such a great attention to details and accuracy. I will recommend the law firm every time.”
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“Mr. Lee did a great job with the renewal of my permanent residence application. My case was very time sensitive and they worked really fast on my case with great detail and accuracy. I will recommend the law firm every time.”
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“I would recommend Attorney Paris Lee for anybody who needs immigration consultation. Mr. Lee is THE lawyer who respects and cares clients. Mr. Lee is professional and honest. Bottom line, preparation for the results and NO BS!”
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“Stalin – Lee did a wonderful job, Got my wife her visa in one year. He is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him for all your immigration needs.”
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New Jersey Criminal Offenses, Aggravated Felonies, and their Impact on Immigration Status

If you are not a United States Citizen and have been charged with committing a crime, it is incumbent upon you and defense counsel to not only consider whether the crime is potentially one involving moral turpitude but also whether the crime could possibly be classified as an Aggravated Felony.  The list of Aggravated Felonies is located at INA 101(a)(43), and anyone potentially impacted by this should consult the Act as well as a qualified immigration attorney.  Among some of the more common aggravated felonies are the following: (Note:  this list is by no means exhaustive or fully descriptive and does not include all of the grounds found in the Act.)

  • Murder, rape, or sexual abuse of a minor
  • Illicit trafficking in a controlled substance
  • Illicit trafficking in firearms or destructive devices or in explosive materials
  • A crime of violence for which the term of imprisonment is at least one year
  • A theft offense (including receipt of stolen property) or burglary offense for which the term of imprisonment is at least one year;
  • Offenses related to child pornography
  • Offenses involving fraud or deceit in which the loss to the victim or victims exceeds $10,000

There are a number of other offenses that are not referenced here that are found in the actual statute.  Generally speaking, the courts look to both applicable federal statutes and analogous state statutes in construing a conviction.  Certainly, in New Jersey, if your case is an Indictable Matter being handled in Superior Court, you must ascertain whether the crime is potentially an aggravated felony; even if your case is in Municipal Court, due diligence must be exercised to ensure that the offense does not encroach upon AF territory.  Be aware that in some instances, federal misdemeanors have and can be classified as aggravated felonies.

Among the many grounds of deportability, a conviction of an aggravated felony is generally considered the harshest because it will in most cases disqualify you from the most common forms of relief including cancellation of removal, 212h and 212i waivers, as well as subject you to mandatory detention.