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New York Criminal & Immigration Defense Attorney

Defending New York Immigrants in Criminal Cases

As a non-U.S. citizen, being charged with a crime can have devastating consequences in all areas of your life. Not only are you at risk of the severe consequences such as imprisonment, probation, large fines, community service, mandatory treatment programs and more, your immigration status can be placed in jeopardy. It is essential you contact a New York immigration defense lawyer immediately, even if charges have not yet been filed but you have been accused of an offense.

The criminal defense and immigration team at Portela Law Firm, P.C. will do everything possible to protect your freedom and your right to remain in this country. To that end, the firm has immigration and criminal defense departments that work together to achieve positive outcomes for clients charged with serious criminal offenses. Alternatively, if Deportation/Removal proceedings have already been initiated against a loved one, there is still hope. The legal team will take aggressive and swift action to prevent a deportation or from being barred from future citizenship, asylum or entry into the United States.

If you have been accused of a criminal offense, please do not waste any time in contacting a member of our team. We have experience in every area of criminal law and understand the effects it can have on your immigration status. DWI is always considered a serious charge and the penalties can be severe. You could be left dealing with jail time, fines, and loss of driving privileges. However, when you are already facing complications regarding gaining status in the U.S., a DWI conviction could be enough to ruin your chances of permanent residency. The same is true of violent crimes like child abuse, domestic violence, and assault. Knowing this, we do our utmost to protect your future by getting your charges dropped. Whether you have been accused of drug crimes, sex crimes, theft crimes, firearms offenses, aggravated felonies, or fraud related offenses, please do not hesitate to contact our team.

Advocating for Your Immigration Rights

What should you do if you are being threatened with criminal deportation? In the U.S., a non-citizen could be subject to deportation back to their home country if they have been convicted of certain crimes. This does not include all crimes, but crimes like smuggling aliens into the country, perjury, an aggravated felony, or a high speed flight from an immigration checkpoint. In normal situations, a person convicted of a crime like this could be facing time in prison and heavy penalties. For a non-citizen, the consequences are much more life-altering. A non-citizen could be forced to leave the life they have made in the U.S. and never allowed to return. If you are facing an accusation of any of these crimes, you need to contact a New York immigration defense lawyer from our team. We not only understand immigration law, but criminal defense law as well, so do not waste any time in getting in touch with our firm.

As well as fighting to protect individuals from criminal deportation, the firm also assists clients with straight immigration matters, such as immigration visas, non-immigrant visas and citizenship/naturalization. They work with students, professional workers, blue collar workers, businesses, family members of U.S. residents, religious workers, investors and entrepreneurs and those seeking asylum throughout NYC.

The attorneys at the firm are members of the New York State Bar Association, U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Southern Districts and more. They come from diverse and illustrious backgrounds and can address all types of cases at state and federal level, providing service in both English and Spanish as needed. Their cases have been featured in the National Law Review, the New York Law Journal, the New York Times, the New York Jury Verdict Reporter and more.

Contact a New York immigration defense lawyer!

If you have questions regarding an immigration issue, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team at the Portela Law Firm, P.C. Should you choose to work with our team, you will be able to have peace of mind knowing that we are doing everything in our power to ensure that your rights are protected. By looking through our case results and reading about what our clients have to say about us, you will be able to determine whether we are the right choice for you. We are able to handle cases ranging from immigration to criminal deportation to criminal defense to visas to naturalization, so please do not hesitate to contact our office if you need assistance with one of these important matters. You can always contact a New York immigration defense lawyer from our office to talk to someone in person. Call today!

We are proud to serve clients throughout Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn , Staten Island, Bronx, New York City, NYC, Yonkers, Westchester, Long Island, Nassau County, and Suffolk County.