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Arrests and convictions can have effects on immigration status

Being an immigrant can have its pros and cons. Some people may have come to Florida and other parts of the United States from other countries for school, work or to build new lives entirely. Unfortunately, if an immigrant is arrested and convicted of a crime, it could have serious effects on immigration status.

If an immigrant is convicted of a crime, he or she could face a number of consequences. In addition to whatever sentence is handed down by the court after the conviction, the person could also face denials of future visas or entry into the United States, deportation from the country, denial of immigration benefits and delays in obtaining visas. In many cases, crimes that are not necessarily considered serious for U.S. citizens could have more serious outcomes for immigrants.

It is in every immigrant's best interest to avoid facing legal issues. Parties can be conscious about not drinking and driving, avoiding any drug-related activity and generally following the law. It is also important that individuals do not have the mindset that authorities will not find out about their wrongdoing, because there is a substantial chance that police and immigration agencies will find out.

Of course, even if the person arrested is an immigrant, he or she still has legal rights. It is important that everyone understands those rights to ensure that they handle their criminal cases effectively. Because an arrest and conviction can have effects on immigration status, immigrants in Florida facing this ordeal may want to reach out to attorneys who have experience in both criminal and immigration law.

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