Free Resources


You can search the entire website, and access any material in the Free Resources area, without charge.  Access to search results in the Premium Area of the website requires payment of a modest fee to become a member of the Premium Resources Area and access to search results in our Practice Manuals requires the purchase of that publication.

The Free Resources Area includes many valuable resources:


Free Case Capsule Database

Our website contains the world's largest well-organized collection of information on crime-related grounds of removal: all deportation grounds and grounds of inadmissibility related to crimes, what qualifies, and what doesn't, and what relief is available from removal for each.  Our extensive collection of practice manuals totals about 8000 pages of text and detailed footnotes, and we have summarized all reported judicial decisions from 2001 to the present, which are keyed to each section of each book.  You can search this extensive knowledge base by key words and subject matter. Search for content now.


Free Book: Tooby's Guide To Criminal and Immigration Law

You can download a complimentary PDF of this 230-page book.  It summarizes those portions of our 2000-page Criminal Defense of Immigrants practice manual that criminal defense lawyers should know when representing non-citizen defendants.  Learn more. 


Free Monthly eNewsletter on Criminal and Immigration Law

You can subscribe to our free monthly eNewsletter on criminal immigration law, which contains recent developments, up-to-date judicial decisions, and new legislation relating to immigration consequences of criminal cases, post-conviction relief for immigrants, and criminal defense of immigrants. We also provide access to archives of our eNewsletters published during the past ten years.  Learn more or subscribe.


Article on Evaluating the Chances of Post-Conviction Relief

Norton Tooby's classic 30-page article describes the conditions required for successfully reopening a criminal conviction to avoid its immigration consequences. Download PDF now.


Article for Criminal Lawyers on The Three Reasons to Protect The Client’s Immigration Status While Defending The Criminal Case.

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Bibliography on Criminal and Immigration Law

An extensive bibliography of law review articles and other legal materials useful in determining the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, ways in which they can be eliminated or ameliorated, and how to conduct criminal defense of immigrants. View now.


Free Checklists: Post-Conviction Case Evaluation Checklist

This one-page checklist lists the major factors that determine the chances of success in obtaining post-conviction relief for immigrants. Download PDF now.


View more free helpful checklists here.


Intake Form

This form contains the information an immigration expert needs to diagnose the immigration damage a criminal case is causing, and prescribe an immigration-safe plea or post-conviction relief to avoid it.  To obtain a consultation with our office, you must download and complete an Intake Form and send it in with the necessary documentation listed on the cover of the form.    Attorneys and organizations are granted permission to copy the form and adapt it to their own needs.


Links to Other Valuable Resources

This website provides links to many valuable resources in criminal and immigration law. Especially important are the following:

  • Federal Controlled Substances Checklists: If the particular drug is not on this list, the drug offense does not trigger adverse immigration consequences.

  • Federal Convictions Reverse: This wonderful list includes thousands of federal cases reversing federal convictions on many different grounds, many which may be useful in attacking state convictions as well.

  • Immigration Consequences Charts: A growing number of charts are becoming available, giving summary immigration consequences of convictions of different state and federal offenses, as a starting point for research.

  • Other Links: Our links page contains hundreds of other useful links to aid in legal research on criminal immigration law issues.