Becoming a U.S. citizen is inevitably tedious and challenging. With a criminal
record in tow, it may be even more so. Regardless of your history, our
team of experienced Cleveland immigration lawyers is ready and equipped
to help you navigate the naturalization process.
Obtain a Copy of Your Record
No matter what sort of criminal record you have, it is in your best interest
to obtain a copy of it before you start the process of
naturalization, so we can proactively anticipate the hurdles a criminal record may create.
Understand that a criminal record does not only contain actual criminal
convictions, but it also provides a log of all your interactions with
law enforcement, including any instances of handcuffing, fingerprinting,
riding anywhere in the back of a police car, appearances before a judge
or in court, fines paid in court, probation, and any time spent in prison
or jail, no matter how brief. Having a criminal record does not bar you
from becoming a U.S. citizen, although it may pose new problems, which
is why you need a competent immigration lawyer with a track record of
success to help you navigate the infamously challenging immigration process.
Disqualifying Criminal Charges
There are a few crimes that will automatically disqualify you from proceeding
with the naturalization process. These include:
Other aggravated felony offenses could also disqualify you from naturalization,
including crimes such as:
- Sexual assault
- Drug trafficking
- Human trafficking
- Crimes involving explosives or arson
- Aggravated theft
Be aware that these offenses are enough to prevent you from gaining citizenship,
but they are also grounds for immediate deportation.
If you have already received a notice to appear in court or are concerned
that you may be deported, do not wait to call us. You will need a knowledgeable
legal team to help you understand your rights, know your options, and
achieve a favorable outcome. If you are facing deportation, call (888)
What to Do If You Have a Criminal Record
No matter what your criminal record looks like, it is in your best interest
to enlist an
immigration lawyer to help you along on your path to citizenship. The naturalization process
in the United States is designed to be difficult and exclusive and even
non-felony offenses can cause problems for you. We are committed to minimizing
the anxiety and stress you may experience while working to become a U.S.
citizen and treating all of our clients with dignity, compassion, and
the utmost professionalism, regardless of your background or criminal
history. Call (888) 491-8770 today
or schedule a confidential consultation with one of our Cleveland immigration lawyers. Let
our team at Sintsirmas & Meuller Co. be your partners in making your American dream a reality.