Cleveland Criminal Immigration Attorneys
Pursuant to U.S. Supreme Court ruling Padilla v. Kentucky, a criminal defendant who is also not a citizen of the United States is entitled to effective counsel when it comes to advice regarding how a criminal case can affect immigration status.
At the law firm of Hammond Law Group, LLC, in Cleveland, Ohio, we are here to help non-citizens facing current criminal charges or who have already pleaded guilty or no contest to a criminal charge and want to explore withdrawing their plea and vacating the conviciton. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.
Pursuant to Padilla, criminal defense attorneys must provide legal representation that meets the recognized professional standards and as a part of that representation, each criminal defense attorney must determine the citizenship/immigration status of their clients. Most importantly, a competent criminal defense attorney should investigate and advise a noncitizen client about the immigration consequences of alternative dispositions of the criminal case or refer them to a criminal-immigration (crimmigration) attorney.
The Supreme Court emphasized "informed consideration" of deportation consequences by both the defense and the prosecution during plea-bargaining stages. The Court also highlighted the benefits and appropriateness of the defense and the prosecution factoring immigration consequences into plea negotiations in order to craft a conviction and sentence that reduce the likelihood of deportation while promoting the interests of justice.
If you believe that you were not properly advised of the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction, contact us immediately. We know how the intersection of both criminal and immigration laws work and so should you.
Please e-mail Hammond Law Group, LLC to discuss your criminal immigration matter. We want to help you determine the best strategy to help you obtain lawful status and remain in the United States.