So you have been arrested & charged with a criminal offense, now what?
If you are facing criminal charges, you have the right to defend yourself. The best offense is a good defense, and the best defense is competent representation. Facing any criminal accusation, whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony, is stressful and can result in serious life-changing consequences if you do not obtain proper representation.
So, before making a life-altering decision, learn as much as you can about its consequences and all alternative options. The choice to accept or reject a guilty plea is yours, and yours alone. Contact us today to discuss your options so that you can make a fully-informed and confident decision.
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Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity:
Are you in the United States as a permanent resident, visitor, or without legal status? Did you know that even a single criminal conviction can bar you from certain immigration benefits and even lead to your removal from the United States? We understand the complex relationship between criminal activity and its effects on immigration status. From crimes involving moral turpitude to drug possession, accepting a seemingly favorable plea to certain charges could result in an inability to adjust status, mandatory detention, and removal from the United States.
Did You Previously Enter A Guilty Plea Without Understanding How Your Immigration Status Can be Effected?
Hope is not lost! In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a precedential decision regarding the complex nature of the relationship between criminal convictions and immigration status. In Padilla v. Kentucky, the Court ruled that a non-citizen accused of a crime is entitled to accurate legal advice regarding the immigration consequences of his or her guilty plea. In the event a non-citizen defendant has not been adequately advised, the defendant may have grounds to vacate the guilty plea based on an ineffective assistance of counsel claim. To read the full opinion, click here.
If you are a non-citizen who has pled guilty to a crime and you believe that you were not properly advised as to how the conviction will effect your immigration status, contact The Shapiro Law Firm, LLC, immediately to discuss your rights.