When a person is convicted of committing a crime, the court will hand down the penalty they are required to serve as punishment. If the individual who is convicted is an immigrant – whether in the United States legally or illegally – there will likely be even more consequences because that conviction can mean they will be forced to leave the country. This is why any immigrant who has been charged with a crime should immediately contact an Illinois immigration attorney to ensure their rights are protected.
United States Immigration Laws
Under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, there are two types of crimes that can result in a non-citizen’s removal from this country. The first is an aggravated felony. It is important to note that the definition of an aggravated felony is different under federal immigration law than it is under state law. In fact, there are many crimes that state laws classify as misdemeanor offenses that immigration laws consider aggravated felonies and convictions would result in the person’s removal.