By: Larry Kohn, Legal Book Co-Author and Veteran Criminal Defense Attorney Atlanta
Our Atlanta criminal defense attorneys collaborate with immigration lawyers in Georgia (and outside of Georgia) to prevent our clients’ possible deportation or removal from the United States. Our experienced criminal lawyers are fully aware of how and when the disposition of a criminal case will trigger H1B Visa termination. The H1B visa latest news brings more threats to new changes for Trump H1B visa duration and possible issuance of new executive orders, relating to eligibility to remain in the United States.
After being fortunate enough to come to America, most of our clients (all of whom are lawfully present on an H1B work visa) are willing to fight any criminal charges that threaten their H1B termination. The advice of Atlanta immigration attorneys is to aggressively defend their client against the H1B termination of employment, and that is what we undertake to do.
Does a Criminal Record affect H1B Visa Stamping?
The answer to this question can only be “most likely” in states like Georgia that don’t have traffic infractions. Other states (e.g. New York and Colorado) have most traffic laws as infractions, but not in Georgia.
An infraction won’t cause deportation or removal. However, states like North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama does not have traffic infractions. All traffic tickets are misdemeanor offenses in most states, so a traffic ticket for a person on an H1B visa needs legal guidance, to not run afoul of federal laws. Some of these misdemeanor traffic offenses include: speeding, failure to maintain lane or running a stop sign.
Before creating a misdemeanor H1B visa problem, get your FREE consultation with our super lawyers. All of our Georgia attorneys specialize in criminal law. Our criminal attorneys have helped non-citizen’s fight against an H1B revocation in order to assure future renewal of the client’s H1B visa.
The Types of Offenses our Criminal Justice Lawyers Handle
Our criminal defense lawyers defend all types of felony or misdemeanor crimes in Georgia. Recently, an Indian citizen was seeking advice from his immigration attorney for his H1B visa and was referred to our law office. He was charged with soliciting prostitution. The client had an appearance in Municipal Court and was desperate to not be deported. Thanks to a creative solution, that client is still in the US with the H1B visa.
The most common crimes we defend for those who lack US citizenship are:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI);
- Domestic violence;
- Soliciting or Prostitution;
- Drug possession (felony or misdemeanor);
- Theft charges (also called “leaving the scene of an accident”);
- Driving with a suspended license;
- Attempting to elude a police officer;
- Hit and run;
- Reckless driving;
- Public masturbation;
- Simple possession of marijuana, less than an ounce;
- Fake ID charges;
- Simple assault;
- Simple battery.
DO NOT think that pleading “nolo contendere” versus “guilty” is a good solution. The First Offender Act is fine for United States citizens. Unfortunately, it is not an acceptable solution for those with a US H1B visa status. Utilizing our long-term relationships with hundreds of criminal court prosecutors is the key to success for our experienced Georgia lawyers. Do not try to save a few dollars and hire a cheap lawyer who cannot afford to spend the appropriate amount of time to fight for a case disposition that protects you from being removed from America.
Get Free Legal Advice with an H1B Visa Lawyer
During your FREE lawyer consultation, we will calculate the full cost of defending your criminal case. This includes the H1B attorney fee and possible related court costs for obtaining a transcript of the plea, and a certified copy of the criminal case disposition. Also, our criminal defense attorneys will cover important legal terms like “PTI”, (pre-trial intervention), diversion, or a deferral just to name a few. They will also explain why use of the first offender act can be harmful. If anyone is currently in the United States on a green card or visa H1B, treat all criminal charges serious. (Since weekly news stories about “H1B Visa Trump” tweets are issued.)
Our lawyers in Georgia know the “rules” in criminal court and are prepared to fight for you. Using a medical analogy, would you want an “average surgeon” or “cheap surgeon” to be the one to undertake your fatal surgery?
Larry Kohn, a practicing criminal law specialist for two decades, has over 400 AVVO client reviews. He handles most of our criminal cases where a special resolution of the criminal charges is critical to protecting the H1B visa, or green card. Ex-police officer Cory Yager and senior partner William C. Head also handle this highly important matters.
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