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New Jersey Immigration & Criminal Law Attorney

Representación Legal en inmigración y Criminalista

It is no secret that most immigrants have a hard time coming to the United States, obtaining legal status first before citizenship, learning the language and customs, and dealing with the American legal system. In the present political environment, immigration is especially difficult. Immigrants who are trying to bring family members to join them in this country, as well as those who have been arrested and/or face the risk of deportation, have more than enough cause to be concerned. Having a skilled, trustworthy crimmigration attorney to assist you in facing such daunting matters is as reassuring as it is necessary.

The Law Office of Michele Alcalde, Esq., located in Red Bank, New Jersey, is well-equipped to serve you as you deal with immigration issues and issues related to criminal defense. As a matter of fact, Michele herself is a talented representative of an emerging branch of law known as crimmigration. She is dedicated to helping the United States remain a haven for immigrants looking to pursue the American dream.

Immigration Issues

Immigration issues, whether or not they involve areas of criminal defense, are an important part of our practice. You needn’t have committed a crime to be worried that your family will be investigated or even separated by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officials. If you are dealing with any type of immigration issue, Michele Alcalde is fully prepared to help you resolve it. She has a proven track record of handling all of the following with efficiency and compassion:

  • Adjustment of Status
  • Appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals
  • Asylum Applications
  • Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Residents & Permanent Residents
  • Family Petitions
  • Naturalization
  • Removal Defense
  • Visa Applications for Crime Victims or Battered Spouses
  • Waivers Due to Allegations of Fraud

Michele is also adept at helping you decipher laws that may affect you personally but are written in the complicated legalese of what may be your second language. Examples of such complex laws are those pertaining to the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of A-B- with respect to Particular Social Group (PSG) protections, which may involve persecution by a gang or domestic violence. Other complex issues that have recently developed in the law are the Castro-Tum decision which limits Immigration Judges from granting continuances in removal proceedings, and the June 21, 2018 United States Supreme Court decision in Pereira v. Sessions, whereby the stop-time rule applied to a Notice to Appear (NTA) lacks affect if the notice failed to have a date and time for the immigrant to appear before the Immigration Court. The landscape continues to change, even for those who are eligible for the Stateside Provisional Waiver (601A process).


While the word “detention” is colloquially used to describe the mild punishment of schoolchildren, the word can be terrifying if you are part of the immigrant population. For you, it may mean being held by ICE officials in a detention center, in legal limbo, away from loved ones for an indefinite period of time. With 18 years of experience advocating for immigrants being detained in New Jersey, Michele Alcalde has the comprehensive knowledge of crimmigration law to be of enormous help to anyone who finds him or herself in this unfortunate situation.

Crimmigration Matters

Being arrested for a crime can have immigration status consequences for non-citizens. No one enjoys being arrested, but when you are threatened with deportation and family separation as well as fines and jail time, an arrest for a minor offense can be devastating. This is precisely when you need to call the Law Office of Michele Alcalde. Michele routinely provides counsel to non-citizens facing charges such as:

  • Disorderly conduct
  • Domestic violence
  • Violating restraining orders
  • Drug possession
  • DWI, DUI or driving with a suspended or revoked license
  • Harassment, Criminal Trespass or Criminal Mischief
  • Shoplifting
  • Simple assault
  • Theft

If you have been arrested for one of the above offenses or other misdemeanor crime, you should get in touch with us promptly. The sooner you have a crimmigration attorney on your team, the sooner you have a shield against the potential dangers of ICE investigation, as well as against the forces of criminal prosecution.

What is an expungement?

Expungement is a legal process which results in the sealing (erasing) of legal records pertaining to an arrest and/or criminal conviction. In most cases, once your record is expunged, you are within your legal rights to deny or fail to acknowledge the arrest or conviction in question, even if you are under oath. Although it is possible to obtain and make use of an expungement even if you are a non-citizen, as you might expect, the rules for a non-citizen make the process more complicated than it would otherwise be. This is why it is crucial to have an attorney with comprehensive knowledge of expungement law, as well as immigration law, assist you if you are trying to have your criminal record expunged.

Why Michele Alcalde Is the Best Lawyer in New Jersey to Help You

Choosing Michele Alcalde as your crimmigration attorney is a wise decision for any non-citizen who resides in New Jersey. Because she has worked as a municipal court prosecutor, a public defender, and a private defense attorney, Michele is able to approach criminal defense and immigration matters from various viewpoints and is canny regarding when to use which defense tactics. She evaluates your case — gathering and assessing all evidence, interviewing witnesses and working out a viable strategy for your particular circumstances. Her negotiation skills are well-honed and she is an aggressive and savvy litigator. All of these traits combine to make her a first-rate attorney with in-depth knowledge in the areas most important to you.

Call Us! Llamenos! Chame-nos!

Whether you are dealing with an immigration issue, a matter of criminal defense or a problem which combines these two legal areas, contact the Law Office of Michele Alcalde to receive responsible, caring guidance from a professional who has made immigration litigation and related matters her life’s work. You can get in touch with a crimmigration attorney by phone or by filling out a contact form on our website.

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Office Locations

  • Red Bank, NJ
    331 Newman Springs Road
    Building 1, Suite 143
    Red Bank, NJ 07701
  • 732.766.1407

  • Freehold, NJ
    63 W Main Street
    Freehold, NJ 07728
  • 732.784.1822
  • 732.637.5291

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