Criminal Conviction – Alien Status


With over twenty-five years of experience in the field of immigration law, attorney Rhonda F. Gelfman of the Miami, FL Law Offices of Rhonda F. Gelfman, P.A. aggressively defends the rights of her clients to remain in the United States. If you have been convicted of a crime in the United States, your right to remain here may be in jeopardy. That does not, however, mean that the US Government can deport you to your country of origin without due process. You have rights, and the attorneys of the Law Offices of Rhonda F. Gelfman will ensure that they are protected. Call us today to discuss your criminal conviction.

Deportation After Criminal Conviction in the United States

When a resident alien is convicted of a crime, a federal law enforcement agent—usually from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or US Customs and Border Protection—will determine whether or not he or she believes that the offense warrants removability. That does not mean that an arresting officer or agent can have you removed. That will be determined by a federal immigration judge. The agent will issue a Notice to Appear listing the charge of removability—in this case, a criminal conviction. The types of crimes that are likely to affect resident alien status include:

If you are convicted of any of the following criminal offenses, you will be referred to the US immigration courts to determine removability:

  • Aggravated felonies, which include homicide, drug trafficking, sexual battery, et cetera.
  • Offenses involving narcotics
  • Crimes involving firearms
  • Crimes involving moral turpitude (CIMT) within five years of the date of your admission, or two crimes involving moral turpitude at any point after your admission
  • Crimes related to domestic violence

If you are arrested for one of the above crime categories, you need to contact the immigration attorneys at the Law Offices of Rhonda F. Gelfman immediately. Our immigration lawyers can advise your criminal defense lawyer as to the best way to avoid deportation.

Professional Immigration Lawyers of Miami, Florida

Whether you have just been arrested for a serious crime or you have already been convicted and are facing removal, our lawyers are ready to represent you. To schedule an appointment with South Florida's premier immigration law team, call the Miami Law Offices of Rhonda F. Gelfman at (305) 944-9120.