Criminal Issues Related To Immigration
Many immigrants are fearful of reporting a crime because they fear they will be deported from the United States if they do. However, the U.S. law provides several protections for legal and undocumented immigrants who are victims of a crime. Many victims remain uneducated, and unaware of such protections. This is the main reason many cases of domestic violence, human trafficking and other crimes remain unreported.
Victims are not required to be a legal immigrant, but they must be:
- Be a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons,
- Be physically present in the Unite States on account of trafficking
- Comply with any reasonable requests for assistances in an investigations or prosecution or be under the age of 18
- Suffer extreme hardship involving harm if removed from the United States
U Nonimmigrant Status
U nonimmigrant status or a U visa offers immigration protections for victims, and can be a tool for law enforcement. For someone to obtain U status, the victim must obtain a certification from law enforcement. The victims meeting the following requirements will receive their U visa
- Must be a victim of criminal activity and have suffered physical or mental abuse from the crime
- Be, have been, or are likely to help to the investigation or prosecution of that qualifying crime
- Be a victim of criminal activity that violated a U.S. law
CONTACT A CRIMINAL DEFENSE AND IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY TODAY
If you are a victim of the following crimes you may be eligible for a U nonimmigrant visa:
- Abduction, rape, murder, blackmail, incest, hostage taken, slave trade, sexual assault, prostitution, unlawful criminal restraint, kidnapping or many other related crimes
The crossover between immigration and criminal law is one of the most complex areas of law today. Our experienced lawyers at Litman Law Firm are recognized as experts in this field, and are able to handle, analyze and defend clients facing criminal and immigration charges. Call us today at 303-322-2222 to talk with an experienced attorney today to learn your rights and what the best option is for you.