Protecting the Rights of Immigrants in the U.S. Criminal Justice System
- Are you a foreign national facing criminal charges?
- Are you a green card holder or legal permanent resident who has been charged with a crime?
- Are you worried that you will face deportation proceedings if you are convicted of an aggravated felony offense?
Attorney Philip Eichorn defends immigrants against a wide range of criminal charges. Unfortunately, some criminal defense lawyers are not well-equipped to deal with the possible immigration consequences of criminal convictions or plea agreements. With substantial knowledge of and experience in both immigration and criminal defense law, attorney Philip Eichorn is able to provide aggressive defense to immigrants facing criminal charges and possible deportation.
At the law offices of Philip Eichorn Co., LPA, we stay on top of current legal events. With the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Council, we applaud the Supreme Court's decision in Padilla v. Kentucky. This landmark case bestows the right to competent advice and counsel as to the risk of deportation for any guilty plea entered by a foreign national.
Dedicated, Experienced, Client-Focused
United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been stepping up its deportation of foreign nationals charged with crimes or convicted of criminal offenses. Even legal permanent residents and visa holders can face deportation if convicted of certain "aggravated felony" crimes.
Aggressive Criminal Defense Services for Immigrants in Ohio
If you are not a legal U.S. citizen, being convicted of a felony or an aggravated felony may impact your immigration status and result in deportation. Whether you are a citizen, noncitizen, an immigrant or a refugee facing criminal charges, defense lawyer Philip Eichorn has the experience, skill and aggressive nature needed to defend against a wide variety of criminal charges, including:
- Immigration crimes: including illegal entry, immigration fraud, naturalization fraud, harboring an illegal alien, smuggling illegal aliens into the United States, making false statements to the USCIS and other immigration-related offenses
- Federal crimes: including fraud, embezzlement, theft, conspiracy, interstate drug trafficking, illegal importation of drugs, federal gun and weapon charges, and violent crimes
- Drug crimes: including possession, manufacture, sale or distribution of narcotics, controlled substances and illegal drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin, marijuana, Ecstasy and illegal prescription drugs
- DUI/DWI: including driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, drunk driving and other alcohol-related driving offenses
The Serious Impact of an Aggravated Felony Conviction for Noncitizens
If you are a noncitizen, a conviction for an aggravated felony will mean serious consequences — regardless of your immigration status and the length of time you have resided in the United States. You will face almost-certain deportation and separation from your family members in the United States. You will not be able to apply for most forms of relief from deportation, such as asylum, a waiver, or cancellation of removal.
As a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) with experience in criminal defense, Attorney Eichorn knows the importance of considering how a guilty plea or criminal conviction can affect an immigrant's ability to remain in the United States. He understands the hardship an immigrant and his or her family will have to endure if he or she is convicted of a deportable criminal offense.
The crimes that are considered an aggravated felony have been expanded several times and include: crimes of violence and theft crimes, which can be punished by a period of imprisonment for one year or more; drug trafficking; fraud crimes that result in losses of $10,000 or more; alien smuggling; and murder, rape or sexual abuse of a minor.
Contact Us as Soon as Possible
The sooner you contact our firm, the sooner we can begin work on your defense. If you or someone you love has been charged with an aggravated felony, or any other crime, please call or email us at Philip Eichorn Co., LPA, today for a case evaluation.