When poor judgement leads to a criminal conviction, it can have serious consequences for anyone that made a youthful mistake. However, the implications are far harsher if you are either working through the immigration process now or may seek to become a U.S. citizen in the future. A criminal record can impact your eligibility and raise the threat of deportation. Fortunately, you do have options for post-conviction relief, but you must qualify under Illinois law.
There are a number of remedies available to address your criminal history and ensure it doesn’t affect the immigration process. Still, eligibility requirements and procedural rules are extremely complex. You greatly improve your chances of success if you retain a knowledgeable lawyer to represent your interests. Attorney Jonathan Minkus has helped many clients work through the process and clear their records for purposes of immigration. Please contact our Chicago or Skokie offices for a case assessment, and review some background information on how post-conviction relief works.
If you have been convicted of a crime in your home nation or in the U.S., you may be considered “inadmissible” to enter – regardless of whether your past is expunged or you completed the record sealing process.
Despite a past conviction, immigration law may waive your inadmissibility under the right circumstances.
The non-immigrant waiver application is available at U.S. consulate offices, and you will work with these officials to complete the proper forms.
Attorney Jonathan Minkus has dedicated 33 years of practice to handling all types of post-conviction relief for individuals in the underserved and immigrant communities. He has represented many clients charged or convicted in a wide range of crimes, assisting them in obtaining post-conviction remedies so they’re able to become US citizens or avoid deportation. In addition, Mr. Minkus is a former Illinois Assistant State’s Attorney, bringing years of unique experience to the table. To determine whether you’re eligible for post-conviction relief, Mr. Minkus conduct an initial to assess the facts in your matter and determine the options available to you under the law.
At the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus, we offer FREE case reviews to discuss your options for post-conviction relief, so please contact us today at (847) 966-0300. We can also schedule a consultation at our convenient locations in Chicago and Skokie, Illinois.
Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus has successfully defended individuals charged with every conceivable criminal offense, from traffic misdemeanors to death-penalty eligible homicides.