§ 2.2 II. It Is In Our Clients' Interest
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Just consider what happens if a criminal lawyer fails – for whatever reason – to protect the client’s immigration status. The attorney simply does a customary good job at minimizing the crime, and minimizing the time, but does not realize that the client is a foreign national who is subject to the immigration laws of the United States. If the client pleads to a common misdemeanor – such as theft or assault – and receives a suspended one-year sentence, a time bomb is ticking in the client’s life.