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Deportable Convictions

One thing as an immigrant you should try to avoid and that’s being convicted of a criminal offense. If you haven’t yet gained citizenship and you break the law and are convicted, you could see an end to your life in America and be back in your country of origin.

If you are facing a criminal charge and you think you may be convicted and possibly deported you should contact Miami criminal defense attorney, Albert Quirantes, as soon as possible. He will mount a defense on your behalf to help you avoid conviction and the possibility of you being deported.

Depoartable Convictions in Miami Florida

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)

This act determines whether an immigrant can be legally removed from the United States. Generally, the majority of immigrants are entitled to go through formal proceedings before an immigration judge, but there are a few immigrants who are not entitled to a hearing and could be ordered to leave the country.

There are two categories of immigrants that the act deals with which are deportability and inadmissibility.


The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have the power to legally remove immigrants from the country who have come to live in it quite legally. These come under several categories which are:

  • Non-immigrants, who have been admitted for precise periods of time with specific conditions attached to their stays;

  • Lawful Permanent Residents, also known as Green Card holders, Permanent Resident Aliens, LPRs and Resident Alien Permit Holders who are legally recognized and have been lawfully recorded as permanent residents but have not become citizens of the United States.


This is the power given to the USCIS that prevents immigrants not legally admitted to the United States from entering the country. It generally applies to an immigrant that the UCIS refer to as an alien, or a person who is not a citizen or a national of the country.

Convictions that could end up with a deportation

Being convicted of the following crimes could result in the deportation of an immigrant if he or she is convicted: Drug crimes which involve violations at the state or federal level

This could be a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude (CIMT), which means a criminal offense that the federal Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) considers to be particularly “base, depraved or vile.” This could be grounds for deportation or inadmissibility.

The Immigration and Nationality Act 101(a)(43) lists aggravated felonies for the following crimes as cause for a deportation:

  • rape,

  • murder,

  • the sexual abusing of a minor,

  • illicit trafficking of controlled substances,

  • money laundering offenses which exceed $10,000,

  • offenses involving child pornography,

  • prostitution offenses,

  • perjury,

  • the smuggling of aliens ,

  • obstruction of justice,

  • bribery of a witness,

  • conviction for firearm and destructive device use convictions, exchanging etc. ether buying, selling, owning

  • failing to follow the registration process as a sex offender.

  • espionage, treason and sabotage

  • crimes of domestic violence which could be stalking, child abusing, child abandonment, or neglecting a child are also grounds for deportation.

  • high speed flight from an immigration checkpoint

  • failing to register or the falsifying of documents relating permits and visas in particular.

If you face deportation and you can’t see any way around it you should seek help from Miami criminal defense attorney, Albert Quirantes Esq., who will help you in any way he can. Contact Albert Quirantes at 305-644-1800 today!

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