We Provide Immigration Defense
We are immigration defense attorneys—what does this mean?
At Pak and McRae Law, LLC, we are not immigration attorneys; we are immigration defense attorneys. What this means is that we both proactively and retroactively provide criminal defense for people with particular consideration to their immigration status.
Therefore, if you are living in the United States but you aren’t a citizen, and you find yourself in criminal trouble or find that your previous criminal charges are affecting your immigration status, we have the knowledge and experience to help you. Contact our Atlanta, Georgia, law office today.
Immigration Defense Attorney vs. Criminal Defense Attorney
Criminal defense attorneys will fight for your rights and make sure that you are getting the best deal possible—for your current situation. Immigration defense attorneys will not only do this, but they will also consider how this affects your legal status in the United States.
This is a very important difference to understand. If you work with an attorney who doesn’t understand how your criminal offenses will affect your ability to live and work in the U.S., he or she may be doing more harm than good. At Pak and McRae Law, LLC, we are experienced in criminal defense, but we also understand immigration constraints. We know how criminal charges—robbery, shoplifting, DUI, etc.—will affect your current and future immigration status. We’re problem-solvers, but we don’t just find a solution for the issue at hand. We make sure that our legal problem-solving doesn’t cause more issues in the future, especially in regards to your ability to live and work in the United States.
If you are living in the United States and you have a green card, visa, or are in the process of becoming a citizen, and you have been arrested, please contact our office. We will provide you honest, straightforward criminal defense advice and be able to answer your questions, particularly the ones you have about how your arrest will affect your immigration status.
We Practice Post-Conviction Relief
Post-conviction relief means that we do our best to go back and undo a lot of things that happened in the past that could be affecting your ability to live and work in the United States. For example:
Let’s say you committed a crime ten years ago. You didn’t know it would affect your immigration status. You worked with your attorney, pleaded guilty to the crime, paid the fine, and assumed the fight was over. You went on with your day-to-day life.
However, now you are unable to get a green card or secure your visa. Your criminal offense from ten years ago—the one you thought was put to rest—is putting your United States living situation at high risk.
This is when Pak and McRae Law, LLC can help you; we have developed a unique skill set that allows us to help those clean up their criminal history in order to improve their chances in the immigration process. We have helped pave the way towards citizenship for dozens of clients who had made mistakes in the past that resulted in criminal convictions. Whether you plead guilty or were found guilty at a trial, we can oftentimes reopen your case and amend the sentencing in an immigration-friendly manner. You may have been previously unaware that this charge would affect you in this way.
We know how scary deportation may seem. You’ve made your life here in the United States and this criminal offense could affect it. Call our Atlanta, GA, immigration defense lawyers today.
We also practice proactive immigration defense.
At Pak and McRae Law, LLC, we think proactively when it comes to your immigration rights. If we have a client who may have some immigration issues down the road, we put them in a position that won’t affect their immigration status. If pleading guilty to a crime will affect your immigration status—even if it may incur a lesser fine at the time—we will consider another option.
We aren’t just thinking about the now; we’re thinking about how this charge, this occurrence, will affect you ten or fifteen years from now when your visa or green card expires. Your future is our top concern.
Also, if you are not a citizen and have been charged with a crime, we can help fight your case in a manner which will avoid immigration consequences.
Below are a few examples of how we help in immigration defense situations:
A young man was able to take advantage of the Dream Act after having a previous shoplifting conviction completely dismissed from his record.
A mother of seven was able to avoid deportation by having her sentence clarified to include language friendly to immigration standards.
A man was charged with domestic violence, but we were able to negotiate a plea that did not include any violent crime convictions being placed on his record.
If you are moving to America, are trying to obtain citizenship, or are trying to fight for your rights to remain here, contact the experienced Atlanta immigration defense attorneys at Pak and McRae Law, LLC. We can help you to protect yourself and the ones you love.
Please contact us to discuss your case so that we can help you to understand your rights.