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Applying for Deferred Action With a Criminal Record

September 12, 2012

Criminal Record and Immigration Services

Navigating the world of immigration law can be confusing, especially if you have a criminal record in your past. But understanding how a criminal record might impact your immigration journey is the first step towards a brighter future. Our dedicated team is here to help you manage these issues effectively.

Expert Help for Criminal Record and Immigration Issues

If you have a criminal record and are concerned about your immigration status, it’s essential to seek professional legal help. Criminal records can significantly impact your ability to obtain or maintain immigration benefits. Our experienced lawyers are well-versed in both criminal and immigration law, providing comprehensive support to address your unique situation.

Understanding Criminal Record Expungement

Expunging a criminal record can be a pivotal step in improving your immigration prospects. Expungement involves legally removing a conviction from your record, which can make you eligible for various immigration benefits. The process requires navigating complex legal procedures, and our team is here to guide you through every step, ensuring the best possible outcome.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) provides temporary protection from deportation for eligible undocumented individuals who came to the U.S. as children. However, having a criminal record can complicate your DACA application. We specialize in helping clients with criminal records apply for DACA, ensuring all legal requirements are meticulously met to increase the chances of approval.

Benefits of Hiring a Criminal Record Expungement Lawyer

Hiring a criminal record expungement lawyer can significantly enhance your chances of successfully clearing your record. Our lawyers have extensive experience in handling expungement cases and can provide:

  • Expert advice on eligibility and the expungement process
  • Representation in court to advocate for your rights
  • Assistance with gathering and submitting required documentation
  • Guidance on the impact of expungement on your immigration status

Frequently Asked Questions about Criminal Records Expunged in California:

Q: What crimes can be expunged in California?
A: Most misdemeanors and some felonies can be expunged, but certain serious offenses are not eligible.

Q: How long does the expungement process take?
A: The process can take a few months, depending on the complexity of the case and court schedules.

Q: Will expungement completely remove my criminal record?
A: Expungement removes the conviction from your public record, but it may still be accessible to law enforcement and in specific legal situations.

Success Stories with Criminal Record and Immigration Cases

Our firm has successfully assisted numerous clients in overcoming the challenges posed by criminal records on their immigration status. For example:

  • One client, facing deportation due to a past misdemeanor, was able to secure a positive outcome through our expungement services and subsequently obtain DACA protection.
  • Another client, with multiple minor offenses, successfully expunged their record and gained eligibility for a work visa.

By combining legal expertise with a compassionate approach, we strive to provide the best possible outcomes for clients dealing with the intersection of criminal records and immigration issues.

Contact us today to learn how we can assist you.

Additional Resources:

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Immigrant Legal Resource Center

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