When a person carries out a rash action, it is possible that criminal charges could result, even if the situation does not seem that serious. If the person charged is also an immigrant in New Jersey or other parts of the United States, it is possible for his or her immigration status to come into question. As a result, a so-called crimmigration case could begin.

It was recently reported that a woman in another state is facing a criminal and immigration predicament. According to reports, the woman was in a restaurant and purportedly grabbed a hat bearing the “Make American Great Again” slogan off of another patron’s head. It was unclear what led to the reported event, but nonetheless, the woman was charged with assault and battery, to which she had pleaded not guilty.

The situation does not end there. The woman was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement who claim that she is in the country illegally. However, her immigration attorney stated that the Brazil native is married to a U.S. citizen and has submitted an application for a green card. At the time of the report, the woman had been released from ICE custody, and removal proceedings were pending.

Crimmigration is complex as two areas of law overlap. Because of what is at stake in such cases, it is wise for accused parties to have legal assistance from individuals experienced in both criminal defense and immigration law. People in New Jersey who are facing such ordeals may want to consult with knowledgeable attorneys about their legal options.