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Immigration Consequences of Crimes Archives

What If I am Illegal and Stopped Driving in New Jersey Without A License?

One of the most pressing and urgent concerns that undocumented individuals have is what will happen to them if they are stopped for driving without a license. Given the increase in enforcement under the Trump Administration, these fears are not unjustified. In New Jersey, driving without a license is a traffic offense punishable under Title 39:3-10 and often referred to as "Unlicensed Driver." The statute provides for two distinct penalties depending on whether the defendant was ever licensed elsewhere:

Update on NJ Shoplifting Immigration Consequences: Can A Conditional Dismissal Help?

On September 6, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed a new law into effect that implemented the Conditional Dismissal program in New Jersey's municipal courts. Up until 2014, many first time offenders whose cases were heard in municipal court were not able to avail themselves of any formal pre-trial diversionary program like that in Superior Court. As a result, some people ironically found themselves in a legal quandary that similar offenders in Superior Court did not have to address: whether to go to trial or accept a plea to a lesser offense, whereas those in Superior Court who qualified for Pre-Trial Intervention ("PTI") would have the benefit of having the charge(s) dismissed after successfully completing probation. Now that there is a municipal court counterpart to PTI, there appears to be more parity amongst the two venues, with only the gravity and potential penalty of the offense determining jurisdiction. But appearances can be deceiving, and like anything in the law, you have to read the fine print. Certainly, it is generally preferable to have a case heard in municipal rather than Superior Court. However, as we have repeatedly stressed on a number of occasions, the collateral consequences of municipal court offenses can still be very significant, especially for those who are not US Citizens. The Conditional Dismissal mechanism, unfortunately, does very little in the way of vitiating the immigration consequences of some deportable offenses. Shoplifting is a perfect illustration of this.

New 2017 Trump Order Targets Immigrants Charged or Arrested With Criminal Offenses

When President Trump issued his first two Executive Orders last week, the majority of news outlets focused on the immense southern border wall that will supposedly be constructed. The barrier, along with the moratorium on visas from predominately Muslim countries, is of course controversial and some would say, antithetical to our identity as a nation of freedom. Interestingly, though, not much (or certainly not as much) attention was given to President Trump's Order relating to "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States." This particular order arguably is even more disturbing given that it directly impacts millions of immigrants (both legal and "illegal") here within our borders, as opposed to people trying to come in. President Trump's Order directs increased enforcement of our immigration laws through aggressive measures designed to affect a much broader swath of the population. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight some of these measures as they are fleshed out by the Administration. Of note, though, is Section 5 of the Order, which pertains to Enforcement Priorities. This section essentially, in one fell swoop, dismantles former President Obama's policy of focusing on only certain discrete segments of the population. In contrast, President Trump dramatically expands the class of targeted aliens to include:

Can Reckless Driving in NJ Cause Deportation? | Immigration Criminal Defense

In New Jersey, reckless driving is punished under Title 39. It is not classified as a criminal offense, which is codified under Title 2C of the New Jersey Code. 39:4-96 reads, in part:

The Hidden Immigration Consequences of a New Jersey DWI On Your Green Card or Visa

bigstock-Policeman-Handcuffing-Teenager-22787240.jpgWhen it comes to DWI (39:4-50) in NJ, many people-including attorneys-often overlook the ramifications of a DWI on admissibility. Clients are often so concerned about deportability that they or their counselors may neglect to explore the impact of a Drunk Driving conviction on admissibility-which comes into play whenever a non-US citizen wishes to enter the United States or when an individual applies for permanent residence, either through the consular process or alternatively, adjustment of status.

Will New Jersey 2C:12-1 Assault Be Considered a Deportable Crime of Violence?

The Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") recent issued a precedential decision last month that may cause havoc for immigration court cases concerning domestic violence. The ruling in Matter of H. Estrada, 26 I & N Dec. 749 (BIA 2016), essentially revolves around what constitutes a crime of domestic violence. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, a non-US citizen is deportable for a conviction of a crime of domestic violence if the crime is a "crime of violence" as defined at 18 USC 16 and is committed against a victim with a protected domestic relationship. Under 237(a)(2)(E)(i), this has been taken to cover offenders who are current or former spouses of the victim; individuals who the victim shares a child in common; individuals who cohabitate or have cohabitated with the victim as spouses; or by those similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction where the crime occurred.

Does 39:3-10 Unlicensed Driver Affect Immigration or Citizenship?

One of the most frequently issued traffic citations issued in New Jersey is a charge of violating Title 39:3-10. This ticket is often referred to as "Unlicensed Driver." Unfortunately, for the undocumented population, this is a very common offense, given that many individuals will not qualify for a New Jersey Driver License due to their illegal status. Illegal immigrants who have received this ticket are often concerned whether a conviction of this statute will jeopardize their status even more or possibly prevent them from one day applying for a green card.

Transcripts for Immigration Post Conviction Relief (PCR)

bigstock-Antique-Typewriter-74143765.jpgSome of our more substantive work is done in the field of Post-Conviction Relief. In many instances, an individual may have pleaded guilty to a criminal offense without understanding the immigration consequences of doing so. In order for our attorneys to evaluate the viability of withdrawing a plea or reopening a case, it is essential that any prospective client obtain a transcript of the criminal proceedings.

212h Criminal Waiver | Not All Permanent Residents Barred From Applying

The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recently issued an important precedential decision in Matter of J-H-J, 26 I & N Dec. 563 (BIA 2015) that affects individuals who may need to file criminal waivers in order to stay in the United States. This is a notable decision bigstock-Courtroom-Trial-70035736.jpgbecause the Board has retreated from its former position and withdrawn from two previous decisions regarding the same issue.

Watch What You Say In An Immigration Interview | Admission of Crimes

bigstock-Businessman-Taking-Oath-22848518.jpgFor individuals applying to become permanent residents of the United States, a clean criminal history is often a must. People who have been convicted of certain types of crimes may potentially be disqualified from getting their green cards if they have been convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude or aggravated felonies. What may not be so well known is that a conviction is not necessary under all circumstances in order for an immigration officer or official to deem an applicant (or even a lawful permanent resident) as "inadmissible." According to the Immigration and Nationality Act, an admission of a crime involving moral turpitude may also constitute a ground of inadmissibility.


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    • Client Distinction Award martindale.com | 2016 Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award
    • New Jersey State Bar Association | Paris Lee Chair - Immigration Section 2015-2016
    • Nationaly Recognized | Newsweek Nationwide Showcase | Top Attorneys 2013
    • New Jersey Chapter | American Immigration Lawyers Association | Angie Garasia | Chapter Chair 2015-2016
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