Removal DefenseAnthony Sosa Law Office
Committing a crime while living in the United States or being present in the country without lawful immigration status or citizenship can lead to being placed in immigration custody for removal proceedings. A removal order, also known as a deportation order, may bar a foreign national from returning to the United States for either a specific number of years or permanently depending on the grounds for removal.
Grounds for removal may be based on:
- Aggravated felonies;
- Firearm offenses;
- Drug offenses;
- Domestic violence;
- False claim of U.S. citizenship to obtain a federal or state benefit;
- Failure to maintain nonimmigrant status;
- Crimes involving moral turpitude; and
- Other grounds based on national security, foreign policy, and economic reasons.
Being placed in removal proceedings does not mean that you will be immediately deported. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been generally construed to mean that foreign nationals have a right to counsel and due process in immigration court. Depending on the facts and circumstances in your case there may be defenses available that can stop removal from the United States.