Featured News 2015 Can I Get Deported for a Drug Offense?

Can I Get Deported for a Drug Offense?

The most common reason why people are placed in removal proceedings is because there is evidence that they have broken a state or federal law. In the United States, if you commit a drug offense, you could face some of the most unforgiving immigration consequences, including:

  • Deportation
  • Mandatory detention
  • Loss of asylum
  • Inability to get asylum
  • Temporary or permanent bar to U.S. citizenship
  • If you re-enter illegally, a stiff federal sentence

If you're a lawful permanent resident who is facing drug charges, you're likely concerned about avoiding deportation. An immigration attorney can help, and will want to know if it was a controlled substance offense, or if was it a drug trafficking offense.

In the face of drug charges and deportation, the following must be considered:

  • Are you a noncitizen?
  • Did it happen after admission into the U.S.?
  • Will you likely be convicted?
  • Which law are you accused of violating?
  • Was it something other than 30 grams or less of marijuana?

Generally, if you're facing a conviction for a federally covered drug, for possession only, possession with intent to sell, sale or distribution, or marijuana possession – all of these are deportable.

The only one-time exception is simple possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana.

Undocumented Immigrants & Inadmissibility

Undocumented immigrants are primarily concerned about inadmissibility. In the case of an undocumented citizen, there is no exception for 30 grams or less of marijuana. However, an immigrant with a single conviction of 30 grams or less of marijuana, may be able to apply for a "waiver of inadmissibility" if they can prove it would cause a hardship to certain family members.

If you're a non-U.S. citizen facing drug charges, an immigration attorney can make all the difference in your case. Use our directory to find an experienced lawyer near you!

Related News:

Immigration Reform Is Stagnant but Immigrants Are Not

Thousands of migrants are arriving at the U.S. each month and reminding everyone that while immigration reform is stagnant in Congress, the immigrants coming from all over the world are very much real ...
Read More »

Applying for U.S. Citizenship

If you are seeking apply for citizenship in the United States, it is no easy process, which is why having the experienced legal help of a trusted immigration lawyer walk you through every step of the ...
Read More »

What Happens if an Illegal Immigrant is Caught?

According to data from the Pew Research Center, there were 11.1 million illegal immigrants in the United States in 2014. Of those, 52% were from Mexico, though the number of Mexicans have been ...
Read More »