Criminal Issues Regarding Immigration

Immigrant Criminal Defense Attorneys

Providing Strong Defense for Immigrant Criminal Charges in Illinois and Throughout the U.S.

Facing criminal charges is a difficult experience for anyone. However, when an immigrant is charged with a crime, they may face penalties that extend beyond those that what a U.S. citizen defendant would incur for having committed a similar offense.

Mary Helen Reyna of Reyna Law Office, P.C. is an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands the unique concerns of the immigrant defendant. As such, she is dedicated to minimizing the immigration consequences one may encounter during the criminal defense process.

Criminal Convictions Have Serious Consequences

When a person is convicted of a crime, there are many consequences they may experience. In addition to paying a fine and facing a jail sentence, a person who is convicted of a crime may experience consequences related to that conviction for years after it occurred. For example, they may find it difficult to obtain housing or pursue a rewarding career or educational opportunities.

For an immigrant defendant, the normal consequences of being convicted of a crime may be concerning, but the immigration-related consequences may be even more severe. Issues like deportation and removal become more concerning when an immigrant faces criminal charges. Other consequences that may be of concern for immigrants facing criminal charges include:

  • Denial of applications for administrative relief;
  • Denial of visas;
  • Denial of nauturalization benefits; and
  • Denial of entry to the United States for 3 years, 10 years, or permanently.

Ms. Reyna works diligently to obtain or maintain such eligibility in each case where it is desired.

Criminal Process for Immigrants

The criminal justice system is complex, and there is too much at stake for a defendant to attempt to navigate it alone. This is especially true if the defendant is an immigrant. Successfully defending a criminal case takes time and effort, and Ms. Reyna works to ensure each criminal defense client receives the personal attention and support he or she deserves. From taking care of the forms and paperwork involved in a criminal proceeding to choosing an effective defense strategy, Ms. Reyna works hard to achieve the desired result in each criminal defense case.

During the course of a criminal proceeding, an immigrant defendant may be presented with options such as plea bargaining, seeking eligibility for relief from immigration-related consequences, or voluntary departure from the country. With so much at stake, it is essential immigrant defendants have a clear picture of the choices available to them and the consequences of each. Ms. Reyna understands the benefits and drawbacks of the various types of options available to an immigrant defendant during their criminal case. Ms. Reyna can help immigrant defendants understand how their options and whether those will help or hinder them in achieving their criminal defense and immigration-related goals.

Serving the Criminal Defense Needs of Immigrants in Illinois

Each criminal defense client has unique needs, and the goal of Reyna Law Office, P.C. is to address those needs, whatever they may be. Whether an immigrant client is charged with their first minor crime or face deportation from serious or repeat offenses, Reyna Law Office, P.C. can help. Contact Reyna Law Office, P.C. at 630-759-0101. We represent clients in Bolingbrook, Joliet, Will and DuPage Counties, the state of Illinois, and throughout the U.S.

Bolingbrook Office
536 W. Boughton Road, Suite C, Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Joliet Office
58 N. Chicago Street, 7th Floor, Joliet, IL 60432