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Defense, appeals important for criminal, immigration cases

Any type of criminal case can have its complications. When the accused person is also an immigrant in the United States, the case can have even more serious implications. In some instances, a person could be at risk for deportation if a conviction for allegations comes against him or her. Of course, it is important to understand that presenting a defense can go a long way toward successfully resolving such cases.

New Jersey readers may be interested in a recent Supreme Court ruling associated with immigrants and the illegal possession of firearms. The particular case began with a man who had come to the United States on a student visa. After his visa expired, the man remained in the country, which resulted in him having an illegal immigration status. The man then went to a firing range, and that incident resulted in him facing charges for illegal possession of a firearm. During his case, part of his defense argument was whether he had to be aware of his illegal status in order to be convicted of the crime.

Which crimes may lead to immigrant deportation?

There are few things scarier for an immigrant than facing deportation. It is hard to imagine how difficult it would be to return to your native country after building a new life in the United States. The best way to avoid this situation becoming a reality is to stay out of trouble with the law.

Immigrants and green card holders who are accused of crimes may have their status downgraded or face deportation depending on the circumstances of the case. In addition, those convicted of more severe crimes may have their ability to return in the future taken away. This is the most common reason for deportation.

Immigration issues likely for MLB player facing criminal charge?

Individuals may come to New Jersey and other parts of the United States for professional reasons. However, coming to the country to work does not offer additional protection from possible immigration issues if a person is accused of a crime. Of course, each case is different, and if a person faces a criminal charge, understanding how immigration status could be affected is wise.

It was recently reported that Major League Baseball player Odubel Herrera has been arrested after an alleged altercation with his girlfriend that took place in Atlantic City. Apparently, the 27-year-old centerfielder for the Phillies got into an argument with the 20-year-old woman while in a hotel room. It was unclear how authorities became alerted to the situation, but when they arrived at the scene, they saw that the woman had scratches on her arms and an injury to her neck. However, she declined medical attention.

Another proposal regarding immigration announced

To many in New Jersey, across the United States and even outside the country, it can seem as if certain parts of the law are constantly up for debate. Currently, immigration is certainly at the center of many debates, and additional proposals regarding changes continue to be announced. One such proposal from the current presidential administration was recently discussed.

According to reports, the changes proposed would involve limiting family-based immigration and focusing more on allowing high-skilled immigrants into the country. In regard to the family-based immigration changes, the proposal indicates that nuclear families would gain priority over extended family members. As a result, spouses and children of citizens would have better chances of entering the United States as opposed to relatives outside the immediate family.

What is the true cost of a DUI conviction?

A DUI conviction is costly, disruptive and embarrassing for most working professionals. According to New Jersey law, you will be cited for a DUI if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is greater than 0.08. If you’ve climbed behind the wheel when you were not legally sober to operate a vehicle, then you’re facing a difficult and costly road ahead to regain your driving privileges.

A DUI conviction in New Jersey is significant, but you may not be aware how expensive it is. The New Jersey legal system, like other states, considers driving under the influence to be a serious offense. You will pay a wide range of fees and penalties.

Criminal defense important when facing animal cruelty charges

When a person is accused of committing a crime, he or she may have a long legal case ahead. Though an arrest does not necessarily mean that formal charges will result, the accused will need to take his or her case seriously if formally charged. Typically, one of the first steps that a person will want to take in such a situation is to understand the charges and criminal defense options.

One woman in New Jersey is likely taking such steps after recently being taken into custody. Reports stated that a deceased puppy was found in a weighted cage that was submerged in a pond. It was unclear how the puppy was found, but a necropsy was performed as part of an investigation into the animal's death.

Need help to resolve immigration and naturalization issues?

New Jersey is home to many immigrants, some who have only recently arrived in the United States and others who have been living here for decades. The immigration and naturalization system can be quite complex. Therefore, it is not uncommon for legal obstacles to arise in either case, regardless of how long ago a person's arrival in the U.S. took place.

Many immigrants share an ultimate goal of obtaining citizenship. The process takes time, and there are numerous requirements that must be fulfilled. For instance, a person seeking to become a naturalized citizen of the United States must take several tests to show mastery of certain knowledge and skills. He or she must be able to speak, read and write English, and must also be able to answer basic questions about U.S. history and how the federal government functions.

Man needs criminal defense while facing numerous charges

For reasons often known only to them, some individuals get a taste for breaking the rules. As a result, they may carry out actions or behave in certain ways that could get them in serious trouble if the law catches up to them. Though they may think that they can get away with whatever they want, numerous people wind up needing a criminal defense before they know it.

One man in New Jersey is likely considering his defense options after recently being taken into custody in relation to multiple criminal events that purportedly spanned over several months. According to reports, authorities had received multiple complaints about a person traveling the opposite direction throwing objects at other vehicles. The objects reportedly caused damage to multiple vehicles, including damage to 15 windshields.

Man faces criminal and immigration law issues after murder charge

When an immigrant is charged with a crime, a number of concerns could arise that others do not have to face when in the same predicament. When a person is facing a criminal and immigration law issue, it is wise to have professional help. Any misstep could have lasting repercussions.

One man in New Jersey may be worrying about his case on many levels after recently being charged with murder. The man was reported as being an undocumented immigrant and has had charges of felony murder, murder, aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping brought against him. The allegations stem from an alleged incident that took place in a park where authorities found the body of a 45-year-old woman. It was noted that police did not suspect foul play initially, and the woman's roommate had said that she went out for a jog and did not return.

Hundreds of detainees affected by Trump administration policy

The Supreme Court today ruled 5-4 in favor of the Trump administration's policy of detaining immigrants for an indefinite period of time who are waiting to be deported from the United States. In some cases many of these immigrants are held in immigration custody for several years even after they have fully served any criminal sentence they may have previously received. In New Jersey ICE has the ability to incarcerate more than 2,000 immigrants in jails located in Essex, Hudson and Bergen counties. This decision will likely impact hundreds of those detainees.

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