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Fairfax criminal lawyer on the ongoing crimmigration minefield of criminal convictions for non-United States citizens. Moral turpitude convictions (also known as crimes involving moral turpitude ("CIMT")) and aggravated felonies present serious immigration risks for non-United States citizens. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I repeatedly deal with such issues, recognize when I have a sufficient grasp of the issue not to need an immigration lawyer's advice, and call on a qualified immigration lawyer when my own knowledge base is insufficient.

With the Trump administration likely will come a continued increase in immigration raids. Hopefully the subjects of those raids will know their Fifth Amendment right to refuse to state their immigration status. This all reminds me of my immigration law professor's emphasis on the importance of asserting "El Cinco" or any other effective language to assert the Fifth Amendment when admitting undocumented presence in the United States could spell detention and deportation proceedings.

Every time I visit a client in the Fairfax County, Virginia, jail evening lawyer visiting section, I cringe over the first of three booths, with a sign that it is reserved for ICE (immigration and customs enforcement) interviews. I cringe not because this means that sometimes I have to wait a good amount of time for one of the remaining booths to become free (because the ICE booths are not allowed for attorney-client meetings), but because state and local governments should leave immigration law enforcement in the hands of federal authorities.

When a criminal defense lawyer consults with a qualified immigration lawyer conversant with adverse immigration consequences from criminal convictions, expect to hear the immigration lawyers’ analysis include risks from crimes of moral turpitude and aggravated felonies. Praised be the majority on the Fourth Circuit panel...

By Jon Katz, a criminal defense lawyer and DWI/ DUI/ Drunk Driving lawyer advocating in Fairfax County, Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland, and beyond for the best possible results for his clients. Washington state has reduced gross misdemeanor jail maximums to 364 days. That is very immigration-friendly. All states and the feds...

Cesar Chavez: A champion for the empowerment of workers and immigrants. Your immigration status is your own business. Whether or not law enforcement personnel have the authority to ask you your immigration status, you have no obligation to answer. Certainly, people in the United States...

Photo from website of U.S. District Court (W.D. Mi.). Thanks to those listed at the end of this blog entry who have produced this Abbreviated Chart for Criminal Defense Practitioners of the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions Under Maryland State Law. Thanks to a fellow listserv...