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Evaluating the Chances of Post-Conviction Relief

This article addresses various practical factors to consider in determining the chances of success in reopening a conviction or sentence in a criminal case, for the purpose of avoiding adverse immigration consequences.  Download PDF now.  


Tooby's Guide To Criminal and Immigration Law (2008).

This 230-page guide briefly covers all aspects of criminal immigration law of greatest interest to criminal defense lawyers, and summarizes most of the 2000-page treatise, Criminal Defense of Immigrants, with cross-references to more detailed treatment of each subject.  It is designed to be concise, and simple, yet comprehensive.  Download PDF now. 


Three Reasons to Protect Our Clients' Immigration Status
This article describes the three primary reasons for criminal lawyers to protect the clients' immigration status during the criminal case:

  1. It is in our clients' interest for us to do so.
  2. If we don't help the client avoid adverse immigration consequences in criminal court, very often the client cannot be helped at all, and it's difficult or impossible to recover from a mistake.
  3. It is part of our job as criminal lawyers, and it is in our own interest to do a good job.

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Bibliography on Criminal and Immigration Law
A selected bibliography of the secondary legal literature relevant to determining the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and ways in which they can be eliminated or reduced.  It is organized in a number of topics:

  • Immigration Consequences

  • State References

  • Record Clearance

  • Post-Conviction

  • Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

  • Criminal Defense

  • Aggravated Felony

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