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May 2014 Archives

Are There Deportation Consequences to 2C:33-2 New Jersey Disorderly Conduct?

Considered something of a "catch-all" because it covers such a broad range of unlawful conduct, Disorderly Conduct is one of the most frequently charged criminal offenses in New Jersey. It is usually lodged as an original offense or in many cases, offered as a downgrade or amendment to a more serious criminal offense. N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2 defines the crime as follows (as of 2014):

What is the Effect of a New Jersey Expungement on Immigration Status?

The short answer, at the risk of being overly simplistic, is that there is no effect. Expungements, in general, are often very useful to individuals who have pled or been found guilty of criminal offenses; however, it does not vitiate the effect of such a conviction on an individual's immigration status. In other words, even though an expungement might serve to remove any record of a person's arrest/conviction in New Jersey, it does not "erase it" for purposes of immigration, whether that means in the context of deportability, inadmissibility, prosecutorial discretion motions, eligibility for relief in immigration court, or applying for naturalization. The conviction still exists in the immigration arena, even though it practically disappears from most other contexts of an individual's life.

Could NJ Theft of Services (2C:20-8) or 16:87-2.2 Have Immigration Consequences That Get You Deported?

Theft of Services is a common criminal offense charged in New Jersey given that the statute covers a broad range of criminal conduct. Some people may be surprised to learn conduct such as evading or willfully failing to pay transportation fare is potentially a criminal offense that falls under this statute. Title 2C of the New Jersey Criminal Code defines the crime of Theft of Services as the following:

Not All Immigrants Qualify for Medicare

One of the more pressing concerns that individuals who file for their parents' permanent residence have is whether their aging parents will qualify for medical assistance from the government. As we all know, the cost of health care in this country is astronomical, and only rising. One thing that newly arrived elderly immigrants and their families should be aware of is their potential eligibility for Medicare.

Can New Jersey Criminal Mischief 2C:17-3 Affect My Citizenship Application?

One of the core requirements for naturalization is a showing of good moral character ("GMC") during the statutory period, which in most cases, is five years. Any criminal conviction or even arrest during that period could potentially affect a showing of good moral character. The crime of criminal mischief is one such offense that could lead to a negative finding by an Immigration Services Officer ("ISO") adjudicating the application.

Section 245(i) and Proving Physical Presence

For individuals seeking to pursue permanent residence in the United States, the eligibility requirements of Section 245a of the Immigration and Nationality Act ("INA") must normally be satisfied. While Immediate Relatives of United States Citizens generally enjoy broader protection than most other types of applicants, any irregularity or defect could potentially complicate and possibly disqualify an individual from adjustment of status. Typical problems include but are not limited to:


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