Immigrant Manslaughter Defense in Mecklenburg County & Union County
As an immigrant accused of manslaughter, the criminal consequences you face are different from those of an American citizen. A conviction of manslaughter, or the killing of another person without premeditation or malice, can result in your deportation. Manslaughter can include involuntary manslaughter (a Class F felony), voluntary manslaughter (a Class D felony) and vehicular manslaughter. Involuntary manslaughter is causing the death of someone by accident, voluntary manslaughter is the killing a person in the heat of passion and vehicular manslaughter is unintentionally killing someone with a vehicle due to careless or reckless driving. There is no statute of limitations in manslaughter cases. The penalties for manslaughter will vary depending on your circumstances and immigration status.
Under immigration law, crimes can be classified as aggravated felonies or crimes involving moral turpitude. Being convicted of an aggravated felony can result in deportation, even for longtime permanent residents who are in the country lawfully. Manslaughter is an extremely serious crime with penalties that can change your life forever. Even if your attorney manages to lower your sentencing to so that you avoid prison or jail, it is the formal judgment of guilt that renders an immigrant deportable. A Charlotte immigration defense lawyer should be contacted at once if you have been charged with manslaughter to discuss your defense options and how to proceed with your case. You will need capable representation from an attorney experienced in violent crime cases when defending accusations of manslaughter.
Defending Immigrants Against Manslaughter Charges in Charlotte
My name is Attorney Carnell Johnson and my firm has represented many non-citizens in violent crime cases. My firm is a reputable criminal defense firm that has extensive local and state trial experience in immigration criminal defense. I will conduct an in-depth investigation of your case, develop an effective defense strategy and zealously fight the charges against you. I will also look for evidentiary weaknesses that will support your defense, and advise you on your options as an immigrant accused of a crime. I have been a legal professional for over a decade, and am a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association, Mecklenburg County Bar Association and North Carolina Advocates for Justice.
Immigrants Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter
Anyone who causes the death of another person through reckless or negligent driving can be charged with vehicular manslaughter under state law. The victim may be a passenger in the same vehicle or a pedestrian, cyclist or drivers and passengers in other vehicles. The responsible driver must be proven to have been operating the vehicle in an illegal or reckless manner, such as speeding, disobeying traffic signals or even driving while intoxicated (DWI).
If you are convicted of vehicular manslaughter, you may spend anywhere from 15 to 480 months in prison. After your release, you will have a felony crime on your record, making it impossible to pass a background check and difficult to get hired by certain companies. Further, you will have to live with the social stigma of a convicted felon for the rest of your life. As an immigrant, you additionally face the possibility of being deported on the grounds that this offense is often considered to be a crime of moral turpitude. Even if you are permitted to stay in this country, your path to citizenship/naturalization will most likely be closed, as you may have difficulty convincing immigration officials that you are a person of good moral character.
Defense Against Charges of Vehicular Manslaughter for Immigrants in Charlotte
The effect of conviction on immigration status can mean that you will be separated from your family and deprived of the benefits of your years of effort to build a life in this country. There is hope of avoiding a negative outcome, if you contact a Charlotte immigration defense attorney as early as possible. Attorney Carnell Johnson can meet with you for a consultation, to discuss your chances of resolving the charges and preserving your right to stay in Charlotte. I am well versed in immigration law, in addition to having a successful background in criminal defense. I speak English and Spanish and am committed to achieving the best possible results for my clients.
Contact a Charlotte manslaughter attorney today if you are an immigrant accused of manslaughter.