Immigration Attorney
in Houston, TX

An immigration lawyer is very important when faced with a criminal conviction or when you are getting American citizenship. A criminal conviction for a non-US citizen is quite serious and can lead to deportation. Having a competent criminal attorney can significantly impact your case, for the lawyer will explain the consequences of a conviction. Our lawyers at the Law Offices of Nomani and Nomani will first analyze your case and develop a defense strategy that best suits your case. 

Are You Faced with Criminal Conviction or Deportation?

According to the federal government, the consequences of the criminal conduct of non-U.S. citizens are either inadmissibility or deportation.A conviction that results in inadmissibility prevents the defendant from re-entering the United States if they leave. It can also prevent them from upgrading their status to acquire American citizenship. A deportable crime may result in deportation even when the defendant entered the country legally.

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What Types of Charges Can Our Immigration Lawyers Defend?

Our immigration lawyers are qualified and can defend you in cases that lead to inadmissibility and deportation. Crimes that can lead to inadmissibility or deportation include:

  • Moral turpitude.This refers to crimes committed with evil intent, like defrauding or inflicting bodily harm to someone. Moral turpitude crimes are very subjective. Whether a crime falls into this category depends on the USCIS and immigration court having previously decided that the crime is moral turpitude. Your immigration lawyer will therefore explain to you if the crime you are charged with involves moral turpitude. Crimes of moral turpitude may include murder, fraud, rape, fighting, or animal abuse. Crimes like joyriding or breaking may not be considered to involve moral turpitude. 
  • Controlled substance offenses.Any drug crime can render you ineligible for U.S. citizenship, even if you are convicted for only possession of drugs. Based on the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the only exception involves if you have only been convicted once for possession of 30grams or less of marijuana that was for your personal use. But even in such a situation, you will need to apply for a waiver with the help of your immigration lawyer. Drug offenses can also lead to deportation. Suppose you are charged with any drug crime. You are at risk of being deported. These drug crimes include drug manufacturing, transportation sale, or even drug possession.
  • Aggravated felonies.The immigration law states that being convicted of an aggravated felony may prevent you from acquiring American citizenship. However, an aggravated felony under immigration has very little to do with what is considered an aggravated felony under federal criminal law. A specified list of crimes decided by the United States Congress will make a non-U.S. citizen inadmissible to the United States. The aggravated felonies include murder, drug trafficking, sexual abuse, or filing a false tax return.
  • Firearms offense.Offenses related to firearms, including purchasing, selling, possession, use, or carrying firearms, may be grounds for deportation. If you are found guilty of the above criminal offenses, you are likely to be deported. According to gun laws in some states in the U.S., a firearm offense only leads to deportation if the weapon was used in committing crimes like an assault with the firearm. You need an immigration lawyer who will analyze your case to see the possible consequences of your case and prepare a good defense strategy.
  • Domestic violence.You can be deported or inadmissible with just a single conviction of a domestic violence charge. According to INA, a simple domestic violence act like domestic battery on your partner or spouse, a child abuse offense, or even violating a restraining order can lead to deportation. You, therefore, need a competent immigration defense lawyer from The Law Offices of Nomani and Nomani who can create a great defense strategy that guarantees you a win in court.

Citizenship and Naturalization

At the Law offices of Nomani and Nomani, we boast of winning numerous clients' American citizenship. Getting U.S. citizenship can be quite difficult; therefore, you require a competent lawyer to walk through the entire process. It takes an experienced law firm to navigate the challenges of the application process. There are a few ways of becoming an American citizen, including naturalization. If you are18 years old and above, you might be eligible to go through naturalization.

Who is Eligible for Naturalization?

To apply for naturalization, you are required to fulfill the following conditions.

  • Be a permanent U.S. resident and have lived in the United States for at least five years.
  • Have asylum protection and have been residing in the United States for at least four years
  • Be a permanent U.S. resident, have served in the U.S. military, and have lived in the United States for at least three years.

If you qualify for one of the above circumstances, you must prove to have substantial knowledge of the government of the United States. You should be able to speak and write in English. This might seem quite complex, but with the help and guidance of our immigration lawyers, the process will be made easier.

There are other different ways to acquire U.S. citizenship apart from neutralization; most of these ways apply to children. For instance, some children born in the United States can gain citizenship if their parents are U.S. citizens. There is a complex process of determining how the child can gain citizenship. This is known as derivative citizenship. Get yourself a competent immigration lawyer from Nomani andNomani to navigate this complex process on your behalf.

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Contact Our Law Firm Today

The consequences for any criminal case are worse for a non-citizen and may lead to deportation. Therefore, it is essential to have an immigration defense lawyer when faced with a criminal charge. At the Law Offices of Nomani and Nomani, we have qualified and experienced lawyers to help you with your immigration case. Contact us immediately if you are charged with any crime. We proudly serve clients in Houston, TX, targeting Houston, Missouri City, Stafford, Sugar Land, Bellaire, and the other surrounding Texas communities. We’re committed to providing them with the best possible legal representation. Visit our website for more information, or call us at (713) 789-7500 to learn how we can help you.

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We understand that each individual's needs are unique, so we offer various services to meet your specific needs. We will work with you to create a plan that fits your unique situation, and we will help you update your plan as your life changes.

If you need legal assistance for your immigration, estate planning, or family law needs, you can trust the Law Offices of Nomani and Nomani provide you with the highest quality of care. We proudly serve clients in Houston, TX, targeting Houston, Missouri City, Stafford, Sugar Land, Bellaire, and the other surrounding Texas communities. We’re committed to providing them with the best possible legal representation. Visit our website for more information, or call us at (713) 789-7500 to learn more about how we can help you.

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