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New York criminal defense attorney for Québec natives and Canadian citizens

The Law Office of Matthew Galluzzo, PLLC Team

Though it is impossible to estimate their exact numbers, at any given moment there are tens of thousands of Canadian citizens living and working in New York City. In addition, thousands of Canadians from Québec take advantage of their geographic proximity to New York City to visit as tourists. Inevitably, though, every year a few unfortunate Canadians and Québecois find themselves facing criminal charges in New York City. Those individuals face additional obstacles within the criminal justice system that most Americans do not, including, among other things, language barriers and immigration consequences.

To begin, for Canadians there are many serious New York criminal convictions that can result in deportation from (or future inadmissibility to) the United States. Even seemingly minor or innocuous arrests can effectively result in deportation from (or inadmissibility to) the United States by blocking the obtaining of a visa or the renewing of a current one. It is absolutely critical that any Canadian citizen charged with a crime consider the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney that understands these potential immigration consequences, as well as the dizzying array of visas and work permits potentially available to Canadian citizens. Canadians are accustomed to passing through the American borders with ease, but those with pending criminal cases are often surprised to be detained or prevented from entering by U.S. Customs or immigration officials.

In addition, though most Canadian francophones are multilingual, many are more comfortable communicating in French than in English. Those individuals, understandably anxious about the criminal justice process, should strongly consider retaining a French-speaking attorney that is capable of explaining New York criminal procedure in their preferred language.

The attorneys at the Law Office of Matthew Galluzzo have successfully represented numerous Canadian citizens in connection with criminal cases and investigations in New York and are uniquely qualified to communicate with French speaking natives of Québec. If you or a loved one are Canadian and facing criminal charges in New York City, you should strongly consider contacting the attorneys at the Law Office of Matthew Galluzzo.

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I found myself in such a dark place thinking only God could understand and help me through this horrible situation. But Matthew Galluzzo did. And he did so in a very kind, compassionate and respectful manner. Enough said.


Matthew Galluzzo saved the day when the unthinkable happened. Every phone call was returned within minutes. All email correspondences were replied to expeditiously. Matt handled our case as if it was a member of his own family in the courtroom. Despite all the obstacles along the way, Matt's legal...


In less than an hour of assessing my case, Mr. Galluzzo had a clear direction and evoked a confident demeanor that was infectious. During the course of several court appearances he was always prepared, and took more than a personal interest when errors in court procedure occurred. Mr. Galluzzo...


We hired Matt when my son was arrested on several very serious felony charges. Matt is not only very knowledgeable about the law, he genuinely cares about his clients. He was patient and professional, inside the courtroom and out, in what turned out to be a very long process. He worked closely with...


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