There are a variety of situations that can lead to deportation or removal proceedings in immigration court for an undocumented immigrant. Probably the most common situation that leads to deportation proceedings is a criminal conviction. Not all crimes lead to deportation, but many crimes, such as drug crimes, crimes of “moral turpitude”, aggravated felonies, domestic/family violence, and firearms offenses, can result in removal. Crimes involving smuggling of immigrants, terrorist activity, espionage, and similar crimes also will cause removal proceedings. Once you serve your sentence in jail or prison for a crime, it is likely that Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) will place a “hold’ on you, which requires your transfer to an ICE detention facility upon your release from incarceration. Immigration violations also can result in deportation proceedings. There are many different potential violations of federal immigration laws. For instance, you violate your immigration status if you enter the U.S. on a student visa and later overstay your visa and accept a full-time job. Simply entering the U.S. illegally also constitutes an immigration violation that is subject to deportation. Falsifying immigration documents is another common way to be deported. For example, if you lie on your green card application, you become deportable. If you enter into a sham marriage into order enter the U.S., you also may face deportation. Basically, submitting any kind of false documents to immigration authorities could result in your removal from the country. Falsely presenting yourself as an American citizen in order to gain a benefit can also result in removal. Other miscellaneous offenses, such as fleeing an immigration checkpoint at a high rate of speed, failing to register as a sex offender, illegal voting in any election, and abusing drugs are all other types of incidents that can result in deportation. Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., consists of California deportation defense lawyers who have legal immigration experience that you need and deserve when facing removal charges. No matter what type of allegations exist in your case, we will advocate on your behalf and guide you through the deportation defense process, one step at a time. We know what defenses work in certain situations, and will use the facts of your case to build the strongest defense possible for you. Contact our office today, and discover what we can do for you.