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 Galluzzo & Arnone LLP 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 Galluzzo & Arnone LLP.