Criminal

While immigrants have a lower crime rate than native-born citizens, they can still get into trouble sometimes. Depending on their status and the specific crime, this can have additional consequences for immigrants. In this situation, it is important to have an experienced criminal immigration lawyer. Margaret W. Wong & Associates helped start the national conversation about the importance of intelligent counsel. We have several attorneys who are experts in both criminal and immigration law. Our firm is among the best criminal immigration attorneys in the nation. We have already helped many immigrants; read these success stories to learn more. If you are an immigrant in criminal proceedings, you need an attorney to guide you through the process. Contact us today!

Jamaican tourist acquitted of drug charges

Mandatory jail time The office of Margaret W. Wong & Associates represented T.G., a Jamaican citizen, who was arrested toward the end of a 30 day tourist visa and charged with Drug Trafficking in 20 kilograms of marijuana, possession of marijuana (Schedule I controlled substance) and possession of criminal tools to use to traffic in drugs. Because the trafficking count of the indictment allegedly occurred within 1000 feet of a

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Precedent-setting Liao v. Rabbett

Is a drug possession an aggravated felony? Scott Bratton handled this case for Margaret Wong and Associates. In Liao v. Rabbett, No. 03-4541 (6th Cir. Feb. 7, 2005), the Sixth Circuit Court of appeals was presented with the question of whether an Ohio fifth-degree felony drug possession conviction was an aggravated felony. The appeal came to the Sixth Circuit after Mr. Bratton was successful in federal district court in challenging

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Client deemed inadmissible by the U.S. gains relief forms

Old conviction leads to detainment Our client had a 1996 theft conviction that is considered an aggravated felony. However, she was able to depart and re-enter the United States on several occasions after she was convicted. In June 2009, she was stopped by ICE and found to be inadmissible when returning from a trip abroad. She was placed in removal proceedings. We then filed a Motion to Vacate her plea

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Pakistani national overcomes criminal charges, now hoping to apply for citizenship

Possible deportation One of our clients, a Pakistani National, was charged with aggravated theft back in 2002. This charge has serious immigration consequences as such can render a permanent resident inadmissible and deportable. Hence if this person was to leave the country they may not be permitted to re-enter. Attorney Scott Bratton filed a motion to vacate our client’s plea based upon careful study of the transcripts. Took plea with

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Man is ordered removed, able to pursue a 212(h) waiver

Ordered removed Our client was ordered removed based on 6 criminal convictions that are considered crimes involving moral turpitude. He was found ineligible for any relief because one of the convictions was an aggravated felony. Thus, despite the fact he has been in the United States for approximately 30 years, he had no basis to challenge his removal. Additionally, he had previously filed 4 motions to reopen that were denied.

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Alcoholic from Ghana overcomes troubled past and is granted a Green Card

It is so often the case in life that mistakes made in our pasts can reappear to haunt us once again, and jeopardize everything we have worked so hard to accomplish. For an immigrant, the reality of such a concept coming to fruition is a fear that others can seldom fathom, and one of our Ghanaian clients now fully realizes the power our past can command over our future. The

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Cash smuggler, returns to Gambia and can re-apply for admission

Served with Notice to Appear A man from Guinea was convicted of bulk cash smuggling and put in prison for six months when he attempted to enter the U.S. in November. Near the end of his sentence, ICE served him a Notice to Appear (“NTA”) charging him with removability for a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude (“CIMT”). His sister hired us to help him get bond and return to Guinea. However,

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Multiple felonies – alien eligible to get us citizenship

Negotiated a plea Our client was convicted in state court of multiple felonies in 1991. Although he was granted a waiver for these cases in Immigration Court, he was unable to naturalize because they were considered to be aggravated felonies. We filed a motion to vacate in state court alleging that neither the court nor our client’s attorney informed him of the adverse immigration consequences of his plea. At his

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Driving without a license – case dismissed and no deportation proceedings

Client is from the Dominican Republic and has lived in the U.S. since 2002. In 2012, she was stopped by a police officer and ticketed for driving without a license and failing to yield. After negotiating with the prosecutor, we resolved the case by dismissing the driving without a license charge in exchange for a plea to failing to yield, a minor misdemeanor, carrying a fine of only $200. The

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Charges reduced to misdemeanor charge

Got into some trouble Client is a 22 year old man from China who entered the U.S. on an F1 student visa to pursue his studies. He recently graduated with a B.S. from Cleveland State University and started OPT. His proud parents visited from China so they could attend graduation. While they were visiting, the client and his girlfriend got into an argument that resulted in the client being charged

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