Immigration Attorney McCathern Painter discusses how a criminal charge could negatively affect an immigration case. A criminal charge refers to the time between a formal accusation of a crime and the point of conviction. During this time, ICE officials will have access to the charges including information like an address and could decide to pursue an immigration case. Depending upon an immigrant’s status and the charge itself, there may be no bail option in an immigrant detention center. Then, after the charge is decided by a judge, the immigrant may be susceptible to deportation. Therefore, it’s imperative when any immigrant is formally charged with a crime that they have both their Criminal Attorney as well as their Immigration Attorney present so they can tailor their defense to meet both needs. If you’ve been charged with a crime and are unsure how that affects your immigration status, call one of our Immigration Attorneys today! We can help!