Convictions for even minor crimes can have long-term consequences for immigrants, both documented and those on visas or with green cards. If you have any questions, make sure you talk to an attorney who knows both immigration and criminal law before you make any decisions.

"Since President Obama took office, two-thirds of the nearly two million deportation cases involve people who had committed minor infractions, including traffic violations, or had no criminal record at all. Twenty percent — or about 394,000 — of the cases involved people convicted of serious crimes, including drug-related offenses, the records show."

Read full article in the New York Times here.