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Immigration Criminal Defense Attorney in Laredo, TX

Facing criminal charges as an immigrant can have serious implications for one's immigration status. Depending on the nature and severity of the offense, the consequences can range from imprisonment to deportation. It is crucial for accused immigrants to seek the guidance of a skilled Laredo immigration criminal defense lawyer who comprehends every aspect of the pertinent laws and can advocate for their defense.

Cardenas & Rodriguez have been fighting for immigrants since our founding in 2010, and we have experience going back even further. From our Laredo office, we serve the entire counties of Webb and La Salle, and we routinely work with clients from throughout the state of Texas. 

Call us at (956) 450-7951 or reach out here online and we’ll set up a free consultation. 

Why the Difference Between Criminal & Immigration Lawyers Matter

Criminal and immigration law are two distinct areas of law. While some lawyers are competent defense attorneys in criminal cases, others understand immigration law and how to fight for someone's status. However, when these two fields of law intersect, an attorney who understands both criminal defense and immigration law is best positioned for success.

The reason is that a person's immigration status can significantly impact how criminal allegations should be handled. For example, a defense lawyer may encourage their client to accept a plea agreement to plead guilty to a lesser charge, but such a plea could result in deportation in immigration law. Immigration law involves legal nuances that can have profound consequences for the defendant's life. It’s imperative that a Laredo immigration criminal defense attorney understand all of those intricacies. 

Conversely, criminal defense work requires a unique skill set that not all immigration lawyers possess. How does one investigate a crime to find reasonable doubt that might exonerate the defendant? How does one challenge the validity of the evidence presented by the prosecution? These matters don't typically arise in the everyday practice of an immigration attorney but are the lifeblood of criminal defense law.

Call Cardenas & Rodriguez today at (956) 450-7951 or fill out our online contact form to set up a free consultation. Our bilingual team works with both English and Spanish-speaking clients. 

Read Our Reviews

See How We've Represented Other People in Your Shoes
    “He made the whole immigration process easy. Mr.Cadenas and his staff know what they’re doing and bring excellent results”
    “Couldn’t be happier, great law firm, and great service. Highly recommend them to anyone needing legal immigration services.”
    - Jocelyn A.
    “I would recommend this law firm to anyone in need of a professional, dedicated, effective, and friendly law firm.”
    “The outcome was great since they were always planning ahead!!”
    - Google Reviewer
    “Best decision to have hired Mr. Cardenas to help our case.”
    “They made us feel confident in a very stressful situation especially being miles away in a different state”
    - Maria A.
    “She is very detailed and she is dedicated to making sure her clients understand every step of the immigration process”
    “I recommend this law firm and attorney Rodriguez 100%.”
    - Grecia B.
    “Ms. Rodriguez was always very patient with all the questions we had & she explained every single step of the process very clearly to us.”
    “She was very prompt to answering my emails. There wasn’t a thing that happened that she didn’t let us know before. We were never taken by surprise.”
    - Selina P.
    “The immigration process was very smooth thanks to all of them.”
    “Our experience with the Cardenas/Rodriguez Law Firm was wonderful!”
    - Robert T.
    “My experience with this law firm was great”
    “She is very dedicated to making sure her clients understand every step of the immigration process.”
    - Juan H.
    “He is the best. God bless you and your team.”
    “This Attorney and his entire team are so wonderfully professional.”
    - Osla L.

The CMIT & It’s Impact on Deportation 

A crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT) can render an individual inadmissible to the United States or result in their deportation if convicted while living in the country. The definition of CIMT is broad, encompassing "depraved conduct that shocks the conscience."

Thus, whether an offense truly does “shock the conscience” depends on the interpretation of immigration officials. For instance, drug offenses, shoplifting, and driving under the influence might all be considered CIMT.

To avoid deportation on CIMT grounds, the best option is to be acquitted of the charge. But competent lawyers explore every possible angle to protect their clients. In criminal immigration cases, this entails not only defending clients against the specific charge but also from deportation.

The Fighters You Can Trust

The team at Cardenas & Rodriguez, from our Laredo immigration criminal defense lawyers, to our dedicated staff, got into this profession for a simple reason—we wanted to give a voice to people who were struggling against the system and we wanted to help them secure justice. We wanted to fight for people that others would abandon. That’s why we’re here. It’s why you and your family can count on us to be there every step of the way.

Call Cardenas & Rodriguez at (956) 450-7951 or contact us online today.


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