America can be described as the “land of milk and honey,” ripe with excellent higher education, entrepreneurial opportunities, and the possibility of landing a dream job. These are just some of the reasons non-citizens flock here to build new futures. Here in Tippecanoe County, we’re honored to have so many internationals, including many Purdue college students, call our community home.
As a non-citizen, it’s important to know that just one poor decision can swiftly threaten your immigration status. The consequences of facing criminal charges can be severe, putting your future at stake. But the specialized experts at BB&C are here to guide you through and secure the best outcome possible, keeping your goals and dreams on track.
What is crimmigration?
Simply stated, crimmigration is where two areas of law–criminal and immigration–meet. Up until the 1980s, citizens and non-citizens were mostly punished alike for crimes, regardless of citizenship status. About 35 years ago, criminal and immigration law began to mingle though. Suddenly, a non-citizen with criminal charges also faced possible immigration penalties as well. In today’s political climate, the focus and reaction to these types of issues seem to be continually changing. That’s why it’s all the more important to have up-to-date legal counsel in these areas.
How does crimmigration affect you?
If you’re a non-citizen being charged with a crime, your immigration status may very well be in jeopardy. For international students, this means your ability to attend school in the U.S., traveling within the States, and re-entering the country after visiting abroad can all be challenged and even denied. The long-term consequences can be excruciating, including being separated from U.S. family and friends, or not being able to finish your education or ever work in this country.
Even relatively small charges can have a significant impact on your immigration status. Common criminal charges and academic issues we help internationals navigate include:
- Drug possession
- Academic dishonesty
- Public intoxication
- Criminal recklessness
- Theft and other petty crimes
- Domestic violence crimes
For international students facing academic or other campus-related charges, cases may become even more complicated. University discipline processes can quickly cause problems with F1 Visas. And if criminal charges are also filed, your immigration status may be in peril, too. We understand that’s a lot for one person to confront, but you don’t need to do it alone.
We understand the ins and outs of crimmigration and stay on top of the ever-shifting immigration law landscape. To tackle these kinds of issues, you don’t just need a good lawyer—you need an experienced team of experts with specialized knowledge of both criminal and immigration law to come to your aid. Don’t let your American dream get pulled out from under you. Reach out today to start the conversation. Contact Kyle Mandeville or Kyle Cray at 765-742-9066.
The content of this blog is intended to be general and informational in nature. It is advertising material and is not intended to be, nor is it, legal advice to or for any particular person, case, or circumstance. Each situation is different, and you should consult an attorney if you have any questions about your situation.