§ 5.12 2. Expert Assistance or Information
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Unless counsel has directly researched the specific immigration questions facing the client, expert immigration advice is absolutely necessary. There is no substitute for consulting an immigration expert to find out (a) the client’s exact immigration situation prior to any new conviction, and (b) the exact immigration effects for the client of each of the various possible alternative dispositions of the new criminal case. See § § 3.42-3.46, supra.