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BIA Deference given to particularly serious crime

As Immigration and Nationality Act is silent regarding the basis for determining whether a conviction is for a particularly serious crime, interpretation by Board of Immigration Appeals of what an immigration judge may refer to in deciding whether a prior offense met that standard is entitled to deference. All reliable information may be considered in making a particularly serious crime determination, including an alien’s removal hearing testimony under oath on his own behalf to obtain relief from removal. IJ and BIA appropriately considered nature of alien’s conviction, underlying facts of conviction, and type of sentence imposed when reaching conclusion that alien’s drunken driving conviction constituted a particularly serious crime.
Anaya-Ortiz v. Holder – filed January 25, 2010

2 Responses

  1. Criminal Relief
    The U.S. Immigration laws are very strict. In this particular case, the past crime is preventing you from going forward with obtaining any immigration benefits. In fact, in a deportation in this type of matter, it could very well result in deportation for life without any possibility of coming back. It is never easy to obtain criminal relief, but it is the only realistic chance that exists. We file the necessary paperwork in order to try to get the conviction vacated or reduced so that it is not an aggravated felony. A Supreme Court case Padilla vs. Kentucky has come out which essentially states that if you were not properly notified of the immigration consequences of your plea, then your sixth amendment rights to counsel have been violated. Thus, we would go back into the criminal court based in large part on Padilla vs. Kentucky.
    Attorney Fees (Filing Fees and Costs not included)
    The total Attorney Fees will be $3,500.00.


  2. I have s question I was placed in deportation proceedings last febuary and was released october 2011 after getting cancelation of removal.when I was convicted of possession. Of controlled distance in ky I was not informed of Immagration consequences .Do you think I can get it appealed or have the charges dropped off my record and help would be greatly appreciated thank you British National


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