Advising Criminal Defense Counsel on Immigration Implications of Pleas
Our firm is frequently called by criminal defense counsel to provide advice on the immigration consequences of possible guilty pleas to various offenses. The firm has been an effective resource for defense counsel in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, 130 S.Ct. 1473 (2010), which now mandates that a defense counsel has the obligation to advise criminal clients of the adverse immigration effects before entering a guilty plea on their behalf. The list of deportable and inadmissible grounds that result from criminal conviction or behavior is set forth below. Our firm will be able to advise whether a particular criminal offense may trigger one of these grounds of removability.