Criminal Defense of Immigrants


§ 11.71 (A)

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(A)  In General.  Vacating or reducing criminal sentences is one of the most important areas of post-conviction relief for immigrants, since it is frequently possible to arrange a modest change in the judgment, and thereby confer tremendous immigration benefits upon the client.  Convincing immigration and federal courts that the altered sentence is the only sentence from which immigration consequences can flow is also easier than is the case with vacated convictions.


                See Chapter 10, supra, for a discussion of the many ways in which a sentence can trigger or affect adverse immigration consequences.