Criminal Defense of Immigrants
§ 2.30 1. During the Initial Interview
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Defense counsel should learn the client’s immigration status at the first opportunity, during the initial interview with the client.
 National Legal Aid and Defender’s Ass’n, Performance Guidelines for Criminal Defense Representation, Guideline 2.2 Initial Interview (“(2) Information that should be acquired includes, but is not limited to: (A) the client’s ties to the community, including the length of time he or she has lived at the current and former addresses, family relationships, immigration status (if applicable), employment record and history; . . . .”).