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Criminal Representation of Aliens

New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyers for Foreign Nationals

As a foreign national, facing criminal charges in New Jersey can have severe consequences for your immigration status. Many times, prosecutors will offer aliens an “easy” plea such as probation, time-served, short-term incarceration, or a fine. However, these offers are deceptively attractive, and taking the quick way out can turn out to be the biggest mistake that a foreign national ever makes.

Why? If you plead guilty to certain types of crimes, you can face deportation regardless of the terms of your plea. Additionally, even if you are able to avoid deportation, accepting a plea could result in a loss of your eligibility for U.S. citizenship. These are severe outcomes that should be avoided if at all possible.

New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorneys Experienced in Representing Non-Citizens

If you are facing charges as a foreign citizen, it is imperative that you hire a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer who has specific experience representing non-citizens. Even the most seasoned and experienced criminal defense attorneys who lack knowledge of the federal immigration system will struggle to understand the immigration consequences of criminal pleas and convictions. At Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A., our criminal defense lawyers and immigration lawyers work together to ensure that we are pursuing the best possible outcomes for our foreign clients, and we help our clients make smart decisions with due consideration for the potential immigration consequences involved.

Understanding the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Charges in New Jersey

As a resident or non-resident alien living in New Jersey, if you plead guilty to certain crimes or are convicted of these crimes in court, you may soon be contacted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). If ICE issues a “Notice to Appear” or an “Order to Show Cause,” this means that you are at risk for deportation . You will have to go to court again – this time before a federal immigration judge – and the judge will determine whether you should be deported as a result of your crime. Criminal offenses that can potentially put non-citizens at risk for deportation in New Jersey include (but are not limited to):

  • Arson
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Burglary
  • Child sexual assault, child abuse and child pornography
  • Drug crimes
  • Fraud
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Grand Theft
  • Human trafficking (including smuggling, harboring or otherwise helping undocumented aliens enter the U.S. illegally)
  • Illegal possession or sale of firearms
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Sexual assault
  • Tax evasion

Due to the potential immigration consequences of accepting a plea deal or facing a criminal conviction in court, as a foreign national, you need to do everything possible to protect yourself during your criminal case. This starts with hiring experienced defense counsel as soon as possible.

Speak with a New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer in Confidence

For legal advice custom-tailored to your criminal charges and immigration status, please contact us to schedule a confidential initial consultation with one of our experienced defense lawyers. To schedule an appointment as soon as possible, call us at 856-547-7888 or tell us how to reach you online now.


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