Criminal Defense of Immigrants


§ 11.45 vi. The Client is Lawfully Present

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If the client is undocumented, many of the same problems are presented, as indicated above, although the client does not face the risk of a federal prison sentence if s/he is identified and arrested.  It is therefore a very important factor that the client is lawfully present in the United States, or at least present here with knowledge of the government while some application for lawful immigration status is pending.