If you have been involved in a crime or accused of having committed a crime, you must be very careful. You have certain rights that you should be aware of. First and foremost, you have a right to not speak anything that may hurt you in the future or which can be used against you in a criminal proceeding. So either do not say anything to the police once you have been arrested, or if you say something, make sure you are very careful and you think about what you are saying before doing so. Second, you have a right to be given a lawyer. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you by the State.
Once you have been arrested and taken to jail, in most cases you have a right to be bonded out.
Do not go through this experience alone. A criminal conviction can hamper a person’s life for a very long time and sometimes forever. Some of the common issues people face after having been convicted of a crime are: difficulties finding employment (certain jobs do not hire individuals with criminal backgrounds), difficulty getting admitted into certain schools as a student, difficulty getting professional licenses, the inability to travel, having to deal with the embarrassment and shame it causes within family and friends, having to explain the crime and the person committed it to employers, immigration issues, etc.
Because we also practice immigration law, we know the severe immigration consequences immigrants can face when they are charged with a crime. A final conviction is not necessary to deport an individual. Also, individuals can face deportation for only being affiliated with a criminal, or even if they are naturalized citizens. Let us represent you in your criminal case so that you can reduce your risk of facing immigration issues in the future. I can also represent you in your immigration proceedings.
It is also important to know that once a person is arrested, this becomes part of public records and accessible by any individual even if the case is dismissed. Through a process called expunction, certain records can be removed from public record. We can help you do this.
The power that binds our republic together is fierce independence held high on the shoulders of compassion.