Crimes and Deportation in Los Angeles: What You Need to Know

Navigating the complexities of criminal charges and deportation risks can be daunting, especially for those with permanent residency or undocumented status in the U.S. In Los Angeles, the consequences of criminal offenses can lead to deportation, making it crucial to understand the laws and seek the right legal assistance. This blog will provide an in-depth look at the intersection of criminal law and immigration consequences, emphasizing the importance of expert legal representation.

Understanding Crimes Leading to Deportation

In the U.S., certain criminal offenses can trigger deportation proceedings for both undocumented immigrants and permanent residents. The most common offenses include:

  • Domestic violence, particularly against a spouse or child
  • Sexual abuse of a minor
  • Drug use and trafficking
  • Major fraud (e.g., bank, credit card, welfare, Medicare/medical, and insurance fraud)
  • Theft and robbery
  • Gang-related crimes

Immigration Holds and Deportation Risks

When an individual is accused of a deportable crime, they are often placed under an “immigration hold,” preventing them from being bailed out of jail. While this typically affects undocumented immigrants, permanent residents can also face immigration holds. Understanding the severity of these holds and the potential for deportation underscores the importance of qualified legal representation.

The Role of a Qualified Criminal Defense Attorney

Hiring a criminal defense attorney knowledgeable about immigration law is critical. Pleading guilty to certain charges without considering deportation consequences can lead to devastating outcomes. Unfortunately, many public defenders lack this specialized knowledge and may prioritize quick plea deals over vigorous defense.

The Unique Approach of Dmitry Paniotto and Alex Andrushenko

Our office, led by immigration attorney Dmitry Paniotto and criminal defense attorney Alex Andrushenko, provides a unique, collaborative approach to legal defense. By consulting together, they ensure that every aspect of your case is examined, focusing on avoiding deportation while addressing criminal charges effectively.

Why Choose Us?

  1. Expertise in Both Fields: Dmitry Paniotto and Alex Andrushenko possess extensive knowledge in their respective areas, offering comprehensive legal assistance.
  2. Tailored Defense Strategies: We develop personalized strategies considering your specific situation, ensuring the best possible outcome.
  3. Avoid Empty Promises: Unlike some defense attorneys who offer short jail terms without considering long-term consequences, we prioritize your immigration status.

Real-Life Impact

Consider a scenario where a permanent resident, accused of a minor theft, is advised by a public defender to plead guilty for a reduced sentence. Without understanding the deportation risk, the individual follows this advice and faces removal proceedings. With our team’s collaborative approach, such risks are identified and mitigated, protecting your residency status while addressing the criminal charge.

Steps to Take if You’re Facing Deportation

  1. Consult with a Specialized Attorney: Immediately seek legal counsel from attorneys experienced in both criminal defense and immigration law.
  2. Understand Your Charges: Be clear about the specific charges and their potential consequences.
  3. Avoid Rushed Plea Deals: Never accept plea deals without consulting your attorney about the immigration implications.
  4. Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date with changes in immigration laws and how they might affect your case.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can permanent residents be deported for any crime? A: Not all crimes lead to deportation, but many serious offenses, such as those listed above, can trigger removal proceedings.

Q: What is an immigration hold? A: An immigration hold is a detainment order that prevents individuals from being released on bail if they are accused of deportable crimes.

Q: How can a criminal defense attorney help with immigration issues? A: An experienced attorney can navigate the complexities of both criminal and immigration law, ensuring that any plea deals or trial strategies consider the risk of deportation.

Q: What should I do if I’m placed under an immigration hold? A: Contact a qualified attorney immediately to explore your legal options and work towards the best possible outcome.


Navigating the intersection of criminal charges and deportation risks requires expertise and a strategic approach. In Los Angeles, the legal team of Dmitry Paniotto offers the specialized knowledge and collaborative defense necessary to protect your residency status. If you’re facing such challenges, don’t hesitate to seek our expert assistance.

For more information and to schedule a consultation, visit our website or contact our office directly. Your future in the U.S. may depend on the legal choices you make today.

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