Immigrants in the United States who have been charged or convicted of a crime may be subject to removal proceedings which can include apprehension and detention during the proceedings. Formerly known as deportation proceedings, removal proceedings encompass proceedings for non-citizens arrested while in the United States and for many people who travel outside the country then seek to re-enter the United States. Since the passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, (Pub. L. No. 104-208, 110 Stat. 3009 “IIRAIRA”), in September, 1996, the rights of non-U.S. Citizens are severely limited for those with criminal convictions. The most serious criminal convictions are categorized as “aggravated felonies,” but other crimes that may seems “less serious” may also subject non-citizens to removal proceedings. The nuances in the Immigration and Nationality Act are best interpreted by experienced immigration lawyers who practice in this area. Non-attorneys or “notarios” who seek to provide “legal” advise to people with criminal issues can cause irreparable damage to non-citizens which may result in permanent removal from the United States. Anthony Drago, Jr., P.C. can provide you with information necessary to make critical decisions about your future in the United States. If you have any crimes, arrests or criminal related issues in your background, please call our office for a consultation.