a Chinese immigrant who has lived in this country for over 20 years, was indicted on charges of federal immigration fraud and faced up to 20 years in prison for knowingly assisting undocumented immigrants in finding jobs in violation of federal law. After negotiations, the government agreed to defer prosecution. Six months later all charges were dismissed.
a professional living in the United States with a work permit, was arrested for a felony for illegally defacing the VIN number on a motorcycle. Conviction on the charges would result not only in a felony conviction, but also in the revocation of the work permit and deportation. After negotiations, state prosecutors agreed to reduce the charges to a non-criminal violation with no jail time; the work permit remained intact and no adverse immigration consequences occurred.
an immigrant from West Africa, was pulled over for a driving infraction while driving his cab in Manhattan. NYPD officers charged O.S. with resisting arrest and obstruction for allegedly refusing to provide ID and fighting with the officers. After refusing a plea bargain and preparing for trial, all charges were dismissed and adverse immigration consequences were avoided.
was charged in federal court with conspiring to distribute heroin by agreeing to carry suitcases of heroin on airplanes from foreign countries into the United States. After negotiations, the government agreed to defer prosecution. Six months later all charges were dismissed.