Chicago Post-Conviction Relief Attorney

Just because you were convicted of a crime doesn’t mean that your conviction must forever haunt employment background checks, stop you from becoming a U.S. citizen or remain a deportation threat.

There is no reason to let a youthful mistake, misunderstanding, past criminal record—or especially a criminal identity theft—be a barrier to future opportunities. Many options of post-conviction relief are available to help you, even after you have served time, finished probation, or paid your fines. Relief is critical for clearing the records of victims of criminal identity theft.

Through post-conviction proceedings, the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus can attempt to lessen the negative consequences of having been convicted of a crime. Your background may be used against you in rental matters, employment and education opportunities, by Immigration and Naturalization—and even socially.

Contact us at (847) 966-0300 for a FREE, confidential, initial consultation.

Why Post-Conviction Relief?

Not all individuals convicted of a crime are hardened, violent criminals. Many people with a record are average citizens that made a mistake. Unfortunately, if you’re seeking to become a U.S. citizen or currently in the immigration process, the consequences can make you ineligible. Worse, you may be at risk of deportation for the crime.

However, your criminal record doesn’t have to act as a bar to becoming a U.S. citizen. The law provides you with alternatives, though the legal requirements and proceedings are complex. An experienced lawyer can help you work through the process. Attorney Jonathan Minkus has helped many clients like you work with immigration officials to overcome the legal hurdles involved when you have a criminal history. A comprehensive case assessment at our Buffalo Grove office would be necessary to determine your options, but here is some background information you need to know.

A Criminal Conviction in the Eyes of Immigration Officials

When you are convicted of a crime in your home land or on U.S. soil, immigration authorities will consider you to be “inadmissible” for purposes of entering the country. This status applies even if you obtained post-conviction relief to hide or erase your criminal past. However, there are exceptions to this harsh rule. It’s possible to overcome the inadmissible status if you were under 18 years of age when you committed the crime and the conviction was more than five years ago. In addition, some petty offenses may still make you eligible to enter the U.S.

Inadmissibility Waivers

There is a waiver process under U.S. immigration law, but there are two different processes that apply:

Review Your Case with a Post-Conviction Relief Attorney

For more than 33 years, attorney Jonathan Minkus has dedicated much of his legal practice to helping the Buffalo Grove immigrant community obtain different types of post-conviction remedies. In situations where a client would otherwise be barred from applying for U.S. citizenship or live in fear of deportation, he has opened up opportunities. Mr. Minkus also served with the Illinois State’s Attorney’s office, gaining considerable experience that carries over into post-conviction relief cases.

If you’d like to explore remedies that will benefit the immigration despite a criminal conviction, please contact our offices today at (847) 966-0300. We’ll start by scheduling a case evaluation to review the facts in your case and determine the best options for you. We look forward to hearing from you.

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For Over 33 Years

Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus has successfully defended individuals charged with every conceivable criminal offense, from traffic misdemeanors to death-penalty eligible homicides.

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