Immigrants who are not yet U.S. citizens have special legal needs often requiring a criminal defense lawyer and an immigration lawyer. Fortunately our firm handles both. A U.S. citizen who pleads guilty to an offense, often to a lesser charge to prevent jail time, usually pays a small fine or obtains probation and returns home relieved not to serve jail time. For aliens, immigrants and even lawful permanent residents a guilty plea, resulting in a small fine or probation, can result in deportation or removal from the U.S.
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Several years ago, before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were inspecting criminal records of immigrants, a conviction would not cause a problem until someone applied for immigration benefits or travelled outside the U.S. as a resident and were inspected at the border upon re-entry.
Now upon arrest of an immigrant, ICE is notified and referral to an immigration judge for deportation or removal is the result. This can occur as a result of a mere traffic stop or other matter.
Our lawyers advise immigrants BEFORE they work out a possible guilty plea that will not result in the above. And with several decades of experience in courtroom throughout Nevada, our lawyers have the experience to obtain a just and fair outcome to an arrest or criminal charge. In addition, with new Supreme Court decisions regarding past criminal convictions, where the immigrant was not properly advised of their rights prior to a plea, or to the possible immigration consequences of a guilty plea, that plea, in some circumstances, can be amended or even dismissed.
John Lee Carrico has represented clients in court in the following areas since 1975:
- Assault with Deadly Weapon
- Possession, Sales and Trafficking in Controlled Substances
- Driving under the Influence
- Domestic Battery
- Criminal Fraud and Misrepresentation
- Burglary, Robbery, Trespass
- Sexual Abuse
- Juvenile Crimes
- Vacating Judgments of Conviction
- Sealing Criminal Records
Mr. Carrico practices in all Municipal, Justice and Judicial and Federal Courts in Northern Nevada
We represent clients in the following criminal matters and many others: DUI, Domestic Battery, drug paraphernalia, possession or sale of drugs, false identification, theft, child abuse or endangerment, robbery, burglary, fraud, embezzlement, criminal trespass, statutory rape, assault and battery, illegal firearms offenses etc.
It is best to consult with a criminal defense attorney BEFORE talking to the arresting officer, investigators, detectives and definitely before arraignment.