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Immigration Reform

Anyone who is not a U.S. citizen faces possible deportation if convicted of criminal charges. In Immigration Reform, Georgia criminal charges and immigration reform defense lawyer Al Forgone and his associates understand the fear that the threat of deportation can evoke in an immigrant reform under arrest.

Immigration Reform

As a long-time Georgia criminal defense lawyer, attorney Al Forgone has represented countless immigrants against criminal charges. He is not an immigration lawyer, but he is skilled at this type of complex criminal defense that intersects with immigration law. Attorney Al Forgone regularly refers his clients with immigration reform to the top immigration lawyers in Georgia. If our clients already have an immigration attorney, we stand ready to coordinate legal services with that attorney when representing immigrants charged with criminal offenses. We take special care to consider the immigration consequences of criminal charges.

Criminal Charges May Lead To Deportation

Under U.S. immigration law, certain criminal offenses are “per se” deportable. These include drug distribution and domestic violence. This means that the immigrant will automatically face deportation upon conviction, oftentimes without much of a chance to make a counterargument.

Other types of criminal charges are not per se deportable under immigration law. Attorney Al Forgone and his associates understand the importance of examining the effect on the immigration status of the precise criminal charges. We have enjoyed success over the years in negotiating pleas to different criminal charges that are not as likely to result in deportation.

An Admission May Be the Same as Pleading Guilty

There is sometimes a misconception that the type of plea is relevant to immigration status. For example, non-citizen defendants may believe that by admitting to sufficient facts — as opposed to pleading guilty — they may avoid the harsh immigration consequences of a felony charge. After all, the admission to sufficient facts often leads to a “continuance without a finding of guilt,” which often leads to a technical dismissal of the charges. For non-citizens, however, admission to sufficient facts is usually as bad an outcome as a guilty finding. Immigrants should work with a criminal defense lawyer who knows how to coordinate the defense of criminal charges with immigration considerations — and someone who is accustomed to working closely with immigration attorneys.

Attorney Al Forgone and his associates also work with immigrants to reverse old convictions in order to prevent deportation. If you received improper advice about the immigration consequences of your criminal charges, and are facing deportation as a result, our attorneys may be able to help. To maintain your legal status in the United States, it may be worth consulting a criminal defense lawyer about challenging an old conviction.

Immigration Reform


Call The Law Office of Al Forgone today at 706 546 0999 OR Contact Us Online to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We can help Washington residents who need a drug crime attorney or representation in fighting charges of theft, violent crimes, sex offenses, white-collar crimes, and other offenses.

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