Shoplifting & Immigration to the United States

We often receive telephone calls from immigrants who have been arrested in NJ for shoplifting who are essentially “price shopping”. This approach to selection of a defense lawyer could not be worse in view of the stakes involved for someone who is not a citizen of the United States. A shoplifting conviction can be utterly devastating to an individual’s ability to re-enter the country, obtain citizenship, renew a visa or green card, or even avoid deportation in the future. It is therefore imperative that permanent residents, green card, visa holders, and others who lack citizenship, retain an attorney highly experienced in this area of law if they are seeking to avoid huge problems down the road. The lawyers at our firm, the Law offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, possess the expert knowledge and experience you require to avoid negative immigration and/or naturalization consequences. One of our attorneys is available now to assist you at 1-877-450-8301.

Admission & Renewal Issues

The immigration laws of the US prohibit individuals from being admitted into the country, or having a visa issued or renewed, if they have been convicted of a “crime involving moral turpitude.” Shoplifting is generally a crime that falls into this category such that a conviction can result in denial of a visa and an individual being deemed “inadmissible” into the United States. While there are exceptions to this extreme consequence (e.g. case resolved is a “petty offense”), what is essential is that an individual accused of shoplifting avoid conviction at all cost so that his or her residency in the US is not jeopardized.

If an individual has resided in the United States for less than five (5) years and is convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, he or she can be deported even if the shoplifting offense falls into the “petty theft” exception. It should also be emphasized that the possibility for deportation under this scenario is not affected if the person has a spouse, child, parent or other family member who is a citizen.

Do Not Let a Petty Theft Effect Your Immigration

If you have been arrested or charged with shoplifting, you require the best attorney you can find as opposed to the cheapest. We believe the attorneys at our law firm present an excellent option for you in selection of the right lawyer to handle your case. You have to remember that there are no “do overs” in criminal law; once a decision is made, it is rarely overturned or reversed. It is therefore imperative that things turn out right in the first instance. Our lawyers will make sure that this is precisely what happens. Gives us a call anytime at 1-877-450-8301.