Sharma Crawford

State Court

Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law excels in “Crimmigration” – the intricate blend of criminal and immigration law. We understand how state court outcomes can significantly impact your immigration status and are dedicated to protecting your rights and future in the United States.

Services offered in State Court

Our Expertise in State Court with Crimmigration

At Sharma-Crawford, our “Crimmigration” expertise uniquely positions us to guide non-citizens through state court complexities. We assess immigration risks, analyzing how criminal or domestic cases might affect your status, including potential deportation risks.

Collaborating with criminal or domestic counsel, we strategize to minimize negative immigration impacts, focusing on reduced charges or alternative sentencing. Our proactive approach includes advising on plea bargains and decisions that protect your long-term immigration goals.

We emphasize client education, empowering you to make informed choices, and use our innovative problem-solving to safeguard your future in the U.S.

Advise Criminal Defense Attorneys on Immigration

Facing criminal charges can be daunting, especially for non-citizens. We collaborate actively with criminal defense attorneys, focusing on minimizing immigration repercussions. We navigate the complexities of both criminal and immigration law to safeguard your right to remain in the U.S.

Advise Domestic Dispute Defense Attorneys on Immigration

Domestic disputes can have profound immigration implications for non-citizens. Our team offers compassionate and skilled advocacy by collaborating with domestic dispute defense attorneys, and ensuring that your side is heard, and your immigration status is protected throughout the legal process.

Strategic Immigration Consequence Planning

At Sharma-Crawford, we are known for Strategic Immigration Consequence Planning, a vital service focusing on the intersection of state legal issues and immigration law. Our proactive approach in state court proceedings involves closely collaborating with criminal or domestic counsel. We aim to foresee and manage potential impacts on your immigration status, finding creative solutions to protect your right to remain in or return to the United States. This strategic foresight is essential for individuals whose state court legal issues could jeopardize their immigration status.

From our Clients: Real Success Stories

    Hands down the best immigration attorney. I have worked with some other attorneys in past but Mrs. Sharma- Crawford is a masterpiece. I will highly recommend her to everyone she is a straight shooter and always advices righteously. Thank you for everything.

      I am always afraid of judgement when I go to places. As a trans Indian, I am used to a lot of discrimination. I had a very comfortable experience with this law firm. Rekha Ma'am was very kind to me and treated me warmly. Thank you for making me feel safe and un-judged.

        "We went to several other attorneys for an initial meeting. We felt overwhelmed and confused. Someone in the community told me to go and see this firm. I was very pleased. I can tell you that they were the only ones who took the time to really explain my case to me."

          We have known Michael and his team over 10 years. He’s consistently given us sound advice and excellent service. He’s been exceptionally easy to talk to and quick with our requests. Best lawyer we know! A blessing to our family.

            Had an emergency during the COVID-19 lockdown. They were rockstars. Thank you so so much!

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            Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

            “Crimmigration” is a blended term that highlights the intersection of “criminal” and “immigration” law, essentially calling attention to how outcomes in the criminal justice system can significantly impact an individual’s immigration status. This concept has gained prominence as criminal offenses, ranging from minor to serious, increasingly trigger immigration consequences like deportation proceedings and affect eligibility for visas or permanent residency. The term reflects the growing collaboration between law enforcement and immigration authorities, where even minor legal infractions can lead to severe immigration penalties. Crimmigration underscores the need for specialized legal expertise in both criminal defense and immigration law to navigate these complex and often life-altering legal challenges faced by noncitizens. The attorneys at Sharma-Crawford work with your criminal defense attorney to help protect your immigration rights while navigating the criminal courts. Call Sharma-Crawford today at (816) 994-2300 and seek immediate assistance.

            Criminal charges can have a significant impact on your immigration status, potentially leading to deportation or other adverse consequences. The specific impact will depend on the nature of the charges, your immigration status, and your criminal history. Given the potential for adverse consequences, it’s crucial for noncitizens facing criminal charges to seek legal counsel from attorneys experienced in both criminal and immigration law. They can help navigate the complexities of your case, advise on plea bargains or alternative sentencing, and work to minimize the impact on your immigration status. Remember, each case is unique, and the right legal strategy can make a significant difference in protecting your future in the United States.

            Yes, being convicted of a crime can lead to deportation for non-citizens. The likelihood and severity of this consequence depend on several factors, including the type of crime, the length of the sentence, and your immigration history. Crimes that often result in deportation include aggravated felonies, such as murder, rape, drug trafficking, and certain violent crimes, as well as crimes of moral turpitude, which encompass offenses like theft, fraud, and aggravated assault. Even misdemeanors can impact immigration status, especially if they form a pattern of criminal behavior. However, it’s important to note that immigration consequences of criminal convictions are complex and vary by case. Therefore, consulting with an experienced immigration attorney is crucial to understand your situation, explore potential consequences, and develop a strategy to protect your immigration rights. Remember, a criminal conviction can also affect your eligibility for certain immigration benefits, like a green card or citizenship, making legal guidance essential.

            If you are a non-citizen who has been arrested, it’s crucial to take specific steps to protect your rights and immigration status. Firstly, exercise your right to remain silent; do not discuss your immigration status or any other details with law enforcement without an attorney present. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you are entitled to have one appointed. Immediately request legal representation and refrain from signing any documents or making decisions until you have consulted with your lawyer. It’s also advisable to avoid discussing your case with anyone other than your attorney, especially regarding your immigration status. Remember, the implications of an arrest on your immigration status can be significant, and each case has its unique aspects. Consulting with an attorney experienced in immigration and criminal law (Crimmigration) is essential to navigate this complex situation effectively. Call Sharma-Crawford today at (816) 994-2300 and seek immediate assistance.

            Additionally, contact your consulate or embassy for assistance; they can provide crucial support and help in communicating with your family and understanding your legal rights in a foreign system. Gather any relevant documents, such as identification and immigration papers, and provide these to your attorney. Inform your family members about your situation if possible. While interacting with law enforcement officials, be cooperative in terms of identifying yourself and following basic instructions, but do not provide any additional information beyond what is legally required.

             Domestic disputes can have serious immigration consequences for non-citizens, potentially leading to deportation, denial of immigration benefits, or other adverse outcomes. The specific impact depends on the nature of the dispute, the victim’s immigration status, and the outcome of any legal proceedings.

            • Deportation risks: non-citizens involved in domestic disputes, especially those resulting in criminal charges like domestic violence, assault, or battery, may face deportation. This is particularly true if the charges qualify as “aggravated felonies” or “crimes of moral turpitude.”
            • Denial of immigration benefits: involvement in domestic disputes can lead to the denial of various immigration benefits, such as adjustment of status, change of status, or nonimmigrant visas. Immigration authorities may view involvement in such disputes as indicative of poor moral character.
            • Impact on citizenship applications: domestic disputes can also affect noncitizens’ ability to obtain citizenship. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) considers an individual’s criminal history, including involvement in domestic disputes, when evaluating naturalization applications.
            • Family Court proceedings: in family court, issues like divorce, custody disputes, and protective orders can intersect negatively with immigration laws. Statements made in these proceedings about foreign birth or unlawful status can be used in immigration cases, often to the detriment of the non-citizen.

            To mitigate potential immigration harm from domestic disputes, it is important to seek legal counsel specializing in both criminal and immigration law. Strategies may include seeking dismissals of unproven charges, avoiding admissions about immigration violations, and requesting judicial findings that support immigration cases. Call Sharma-Crawford today at (816) 994-2300 and seek immediate assistance.

             If you are a non-citizen involved in a domestic dispute like divorce or child custody proceedings, it is critical to also consider potential immigration consequences and limit any negative impact to your immigration case. There are several legal avenues you can explore; however, the best course of action depends on your specific circumstances, including your relationship with the other party and the nature of the dispute. It is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced crimmigration attorney to effectively manage risks to your lawful status from allegations like abuse, abandonment, or neglect, it is highly recommended to consult an experienced crimmigration attorney and actively fight any unproven or exaggerated charges. Call Sharma-Crawford today at (816) 994-2300 and seek immediate assistance.

            Yes, non-citizens have the right to obtain protective orders in cases of domestic disputes, regardless of their immigration status. U.S. laws ensure that non-citizens can request restraining orders, child safety orders, or other protective measures. These laws are designed to protect victims of domestic violence, irrespective of their immigration status. The protective order’s jurisdiction and enforceability are independent of your immigration matters. It’s crucial to consult with an attorney, especially one knowledgeable in both domestic violence and immigration law (crimmigration), to navigate the process and understand any potential risks to your immigration status. It’s important to note that violating protective order laws could have immigration consequences. Additionally, statements made in court about your immigration status could potentially be shared with ICE. Call Sharma-Crawford today at (816) 994-2300 and seek immediate assistance.

             Protecting your immigration status during a divorce or child custody case can be a complex matter; in addition to the emotional toll, these cases can also have significant implications for your immigration status. It is highly recommended that you seek specialized legal counsel, particularly one experienced in handling crimmigration cases. Avoid any actions that could jeopardize your immigration status, such as committing crimes or violating the terms of your visa or green card. Maintain a clean criminal record and comply with all immigration requirements. Adhere to all court orders related to the divorce or child custody proceedings. Failure to comply could have adverse consequences for both your divorce case and your immigration status. Protecting your immigration status during these legal proceedings requires proactive planning, careful consideration, and expert legal guidance.


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