If You Are in the U.S. on a Visa (or Without one), This is the Time to Fix Your Criminal Record

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Because of the ICE raids and tight immigration enforcement prevalent in Georgia in the recent months, it is imperative that all persons on visas (or even without them) take care of their criminal history. Were you ever convicted of a criminal offense? Talk to a criminal attorney to see if he can reduce the charge to a lesser offense or …

What Should I Do If The Government (or ICE) Is Saying That I Have a Criminal Conviction but I Know This is False?

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You should hire an immigration attorney who can actually find out what exactly it is the government (or ICE) is charging you with. This week, we had a client detained at his own house, before dawn, after ICE agents knocked on his door, and transferred him to Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA (2.5 hours south of Atlanta). Our client’s …

I paid all my fines and complied with my probation for my DUI—why is ICE detaining me?

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Because as of November 20, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has new enforcement priorities (http://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/14_1120_memo_prosecutorial_discretion.pdf). If you are a non citizen in the U.S., and you fit one of the descriptions below, you may be placed in a detention center: • You have been convicted of a felony;• You have been recently apprehended at the U.S. border;• You …

IMMIGRATION REFORM AND DUIs

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DUI is a common crime that could tank your chances at lawful immigration status. When it comes to immigration and criminal offenses, many people think that violent crimes, drug offenses, and gun crimes will harm your chances of getting lawful status the most. But one crime that has been creeping up as a major road block to achieving lawful status …