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Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.

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People Vs. Anna Sorokin

Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.

Faced 3+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Genevieve Sabourin

Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

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Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.

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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

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The reason is simple: clients want white glove service, and lawyers who can win. Every single client who works with the Spodek Law Group is aware that the attorney they hire could drastically change the outcome of their case. Hiring the Spodek Law Group means you’re taking your future seriously. Our lawyers handle cases nationwide, ranging from NYC to LA. Our philosophy is fair and simple: our nyc criminal lawyers only take on clients who we know will benefit from our services.

We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.

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What Sentences Lead to Automatic Deportation?

What Sentences Lead to Automatic Deportation?

Being convicted of certain crimes can lead to severe immigration consequences for non-citizens in the United States, including automatic deportation. Under federal immigration law, a broad range of criminal offenses can trigger deportation for lawful permanent residents and undocumented immigrants alike.

According to data from the Immigration Forum, over 44,000 immigrants with legal status were deported from the U.S. in 2018 after being convicted of crimes. Many more undocumented immigrants also face deportation each year after coming into contact with the criminal justice system.

Aggravated Felonies

One major category of deportable offenses is known as “aggravated felonies.” This term covers a wide range of crimes, from violent offenses like murder and rape to nonviolent crimes like theft, fraud, and failure to appear in court.

An immigrant convicted of an aggravated felony faces mandatory deportation under U.S. immigration law. After serving any criminal sentence, they will be taken into immigration custody and removed from the country.

Here are some examples of aggravated felonies that can lead to automatic deportation:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Sexual abuse of a minor
  • Drug trafficking
  • Firearms trafficking
  • Money laundering
  • Fraud over $10,000
  • Theft over $10,000
  • Burglary
  • Human trafficking
  • Child pornography
  • Racketeering
  • Gambling offenses
  • Failure to appear before a court

Other Deportable Crimes

In addition to aggravated felonies, a range of other crimes can also make immigrants deportable under U.S. law. Some lead to automatic deportation, while others give immigration judges more discretion.

According to Avvo, any drug crime except simple possession of 30g or less of marijuana can lead to deportation. Immigrants may also face deportation after multiple convictions related to domestic violence, violating protection orders, stalking, and child abuse.

DUIs are another common deportable offense. A first DUI conviction is usually not enough to trigger deportation by itself. However, a second DUI offense or a DUI combined with another crime often leads to removal from the country.

Crime Deportation Trigger
Drug possession or trafficking (except simple possession of 30g or less of marijuana) Automatic for aggravated felonies
Domestic violence Discretionary
Violating a protection order Discretionary
Stalking Discretionary
Child abuse Discretionary
DUI (2nd offense or combined with another crime) Often discretionary

Defending Against Deportation

Facing deportation after a criminal conviction can be devastating for immigrants and their families. However, an experienced immigration attorney may be able to help you fight deportation and remain in the country legally.

Defense strategies can include:

  • Arguing that your crime does not fit the definition of an aggravated felony
  • Applying for asylum or other relief from removal
  • Asking the judge to cancel your removal
  • Filing appeals to fight deportation at higher courts

Having an aggressive legal defense is critical, as deportation effectively amounts to lifetime banishment from the United States in most cases. Those deported cannot return for at least 10 years, if ever.

To discuss your case with an immigration lawyer, contact a firm like FindLaw or LawInfo to connect with attorneys in your state. Time is of the essence, so do not delay in seeking professional help.


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