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Immigrant facing criminal charges and ICE scrutiny

The details of any given criminal case could make it more complicated. For instance, if a person is an immigrant believed to be in the country illegally, his or her status could also play a role in the criminal outcomes of the case. As a result, someone facing this type of trouble may need to closely assess his or her legal options.

It was recently reported that one man in New Jersey is currently facing criminal and immigration-related issues. The 30-year-old man was purportedly involved in a car accident that led to the death of a 7-year-old boy. The driver apparently did not have a license, and he was charged with third-degree causing a fatal crash while being an unlicensed driver. He was later released from custody.

The man gained the attention of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after a hit on his biometric data. ICE officers took the man into their custody in another state. Initially, the man's immigration status was not relayed to ICE, and a spokesperson for the county's prosecutor's office did not detail why ICE was not informed.

Being an immigrant and facing criminal charges is a difficult dilemma to face. Still, the man accused in this New Jersey case still has the right to address his charges in court. It may be wise for him to gain information from local legal resources on how his immigration status may affect his case and how he could handle any repercussions from ICE as his case moves forward.

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