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Drug Crime and Visa Status

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017 in Crime Defense, Immigration, Visa | 0 comments

Can a drug crime affect your visa status? The simple answer is yes, but it is much more complicated than that. It is important to consider two things. First is the kind of drug crime you have committed, like whether it is merely possession for personal use or distribution. Second is your visa status, like whether you are in the United States as a legal resident (green card holder) or not.

Simple drug crimes

No matter how simple your drug crime is, it will still affect your immigration status. If you are already in the United States legally, you can lose your green card, and therefore be removed from the country. If you are still trying to get visa, your visa will be denied.

There is also such a thing as Waiver of Inadmissibility, wherein a person is pardoned of a crime for immigration purposes, so he or she can remain in the U.S. or be allowed entry or return. But the government is very strict on waivers when it comes to drug crimes, unless the crimes are simple in nature, like marijuana possession for personal use.

Serious drug crimes

A criminal conviction is always bad news for your visa status, but some convictions are worse than others. This is particularly true for crimes of moral turpitude, also known as CIMT.

Whether you are in the U.S. lawfully or not, you can be deported because of a criminal conviction, especially if it is a CIMT. This can happen in two ways. First, this can happen if you have committed a CIMT within 5 years of your admission to the U.S. Second, this can happen if you have committed at least two CIMTs that did not happen in a single scheme.

Drug crimes, particularly distribution and trafficking, are considered CIMTs.


According to the website of William Jang, PLLC, immigrating to the United States can be extraordinarily difficult, as there is a wide range of different options that can be confusing to navigate. It is sad that going through this process or after going through this process, that you will just be deported.

This just shows how crimes can complicate things, particularly serious crimes like drug trafficking. The website of James Powderly mentions that drug crimes can be defended. So, at least there is a way to minimize penalties and possible consequences of drug crimes, especially if the charges are just overblown.

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How Can Disaster Relief Be Fraudulent?

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in Crime Defense | 0 comments

In its essence, isn’t disaster relief meant to relieve people of the troubles that have been brought by disasters? Just picture it – hurricanes, tidal waves, earth quakes, forest fires; every single one of these events cannot be easily controlled or contained and their effects usually leave thousands or millions crippled and in desperate need of proper help. Disaster relief comes in the form of many assets – money, perhaps, in order to rebuild home or institutions; or even food, water, medicine and the like.

So how can there be disaster fraud?

Citing information from the website of the Portale Law Firm, disaster relief fraud is a situation wherein assets meant for assistance of relief operations is illegally mismanaged for personal gain of a private party. A relatively straightforward example would be, say, if there were disaster relief assets such as food or medicine that was then hoarded and sold by a private party for a profit.

That is how disaster relief can, then, be fraudulent – though the variables involved can make things somewhat more complicated than all that.

It can be difficult to be caught up in fraudulence of this nature as it is illegal and considered a white collar crime, the defense attorneys’ website says. When you have just had to suffer and survive a calamity that would warrant the label “disaster”, you can need all the help you can get and you don’t want to be caught in the crossfire of a legal battle involving a criminal conviction.

If you or someone you know has been suspected to be involved with disaster relief fraud, be aware that this is a serious accusation. Proceedings of this nature can be complicated due to the implication of criminal activity or intent.

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