Criminal Defense for Immigrants

A criminal conviction is a very serious thing for non-citizens in the United States. In addition to the expected consequences that a criminal conviction carries, non-citizens also risk their immigrant status. Any criminal charge, even for non-violent crimes, can lead to removal or deportation. It is imperative that immigrants facing criminal charges have good legal representation.

Why you need legal defense

A criminal defense attorney that understands both state criminal law and national immigration law can help you to avoid criminal charges that would put your immigration status in jeopardy. Criminal defense attorneys, like the ones at Cornerstone Law Firm, will give you someone who is on your side and looking out for your best interest. Criminal defense attorneys can review your case, your immigration status, your familial ties in the U.S., and your rights as an immigrant. They can help you negotiate a better outcome, avoid jail time, and lower your risk of deportation.

ARD in Pennsylvania

The state of Pennsylvania has a program called Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (or ARD for short). This program exists for first-time offenders and can be a good alternative to criminal charges if your charges cannot be dropped. Completing ARD means you will have no jail time and no probation. This can also keep a criminal charge off of your record, which is very important for non-citizens looking to stay in the United States. Not all crimes can be covered by ARD, but ones that can include:

  • Disorderly conduct
  • DUI that does not result in injury
  • Giving alcohol to minors
  • Petty theft
  • Possession of marijuana (must be a small amount)
  • Vandalism

Call the Attorneys at Cornerstone Law Firm

The criminal defense and immigration attorneys at Cornerstone Law Firm can help you defend against criminal charges. Don’t risk your immigration status with the United States. Call Cornerstone Law Firm today.