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Minneapolis Immigration Defense Attorney

How will my arrest affect me? What impact will a criminal charge have on my immigration status? Each case is unique, and it is important to talk with an experienced immigration lawyer to know if your status could be affected.

Since 1982, the lawyers at Steven C. Thal, P.A., have been guiding clients through important immigration concerns and assisting in the immigration matters associated with criminal charges. Many of our clients are permanent residents who have been accused of criminal activity, including:

  • Drunk driving (DWI or driving while intoxicated)
  • Domestic violence/assault
  • Use of false documents and other actions associated with illegal immigration
  • Use of false social security number
  • Identity theft
  • Theft/shoplifting

Our law firm often handles immigration cases on referral from criminal defense attorneys. We partner with these attorneys to help advise them on minimizing the immigration consequences their clients face. Using in-depth knowledge of the impact of sentencing on immigration, we tailor the counsel we provide and the legal approach we take to meet a referring lawyer’s needs and goals.

Padilla V. Kentucky

Removal and deportation defense has received a great deal of media attention since the Supreme Court case Padilla v. Kentucky was decided. In Padilla, the United States Supreme Court ruled that immigrants living in this country must be told by their lawyers whether pleading guilty to a crime could lead to deportation.

The Supreme Court said that when lawyers fail to advise their clients that a guilty plea will mean mandatory deportation, they deny those clients the effective assistance of counsel that justice requires. The Court held that counsel must inform their clients whether guilty pleas carry with them the risk of deportation.

The Supreme Court ruling could affect tens of thousands of people, and many criminal defense and immigration lawyers consider it a historic decision. For many immigrants, remaining in the United States is more important than any jail sentence. At Steven C. Thal, P.A., we recognize this. Our attorneys work diligently to keep you close to your family and your life in the United States.


In some cases, it is possible for immigration courts to approve an application that would otherwise be denied. Your attorney may be able to prepare a waiver for criminal grounds of inadmissibility, which could be granted for an arrest related to a crime of moral turpitude, violation of controlled substance laws, convictions for more than one offense, drug trafficking, or commission of another serious crime for which you asserted immunity from prosecution.

You may also be eligible for a waiver through the U.S. National Interest Waiver program. The National Interest Waiver is a program offered to employers through the Immigration Service for the betterment or advancement of national interest.

We Can Help When Criminal Law And Immigration Matters Intersect

If a criminal defense issue has affected your immigration status, contact Steven C. Thal, P.A. online or by calling us at 612-424-2942 or toll free at 800-265-7441.