Criminal Defense of Immigrants


§ 11.28 C. Developing a Strategy

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The starting point in developing a strategy to minimize adverse immigration consequences of a conviction is determining exactly what final result in the criminal courts is necessary to achieve the client’s objectives.  Immigration counsel can be helpful in developing this information.  Second, how much time is available to achieve this result?  This question is fundamentally a combined question of immigration and criminal law: what are the immigration effects of the various possible outcomes in the criminal courts?  Which effects can the client live with?  and what changes can be achieved through criminal post‑conviction relief?