What Are the Immigration Consequences for Possession of Cocaine?

What Are the Immigration Consequences for Possession of Cocaine?

If you are convicted of possession of cocaine, immigration authorities can charge you with deportation. This is the case for any type of drug possession offense, unless the conviction stems from simple possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana, which you possess for your own use. Therefore, a conviction for possession of even a small amount of cocaine can lead directly to deportation charges and hearings before the immigration court. The United States has instituted some of the most serious immigration penalties for drug convictions. Whether you possess a very small amount of cocaine or sell a very large amount of cocaine, you can be charged with removal. Additionally, a cocaine possession conviction cannot be waived. In other words, you cannot apply for a waiver of inadmissibility, which can forgive the crime, at least for immigration law purposes, and allow you to remain in the country. In fact, no drug possession convictions are waivable, except for the simple possession of a small amount of marijuana, as described above. Even a first conviction for a relatively minor drug possession charge will result in a non-citizen being charged with removal. Removal based on drug possession convictions has become increasingly common in the United States for non-citizens. In fact, one report states that this type of removal increased 43% from 2007 to 2012. No matter what your immigration status may be, including status as a permanent resident, you could be charged with removal. In fact, you may be charged with removal at any time following your conviction, even if it is several years after the fact. Furthermore, most drug offenses trigger mandatory detention under U.S. immigration law, which can make it all the more difficult to fight removal. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., our skilled and knowledgeable immigration lawyers have the experience necessary to successfully defend you against removal on the basis of your criminal conviction. Our Bay Area immigration lawyers handle these types of cases on a daily basis and know how to best represent your interests and achieve your ultimate goal of remaining in the United States with your family. Contact our office right away so that we are able to build the strongest case possible on your behalf. Para Espanol haz click aqui!
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