Guide to immigration consequences

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation has put together a guide to immigration consequences in criminal cases. It explains the removal process, what types of convictions are grounds for removal, what is an aggravated felony, what types of relief are available for people in removal proceedings, and goes through other immigration consequences to guilty pleas.
I’ve handled several post-conviction relief matters based on plea attorneys’ faulty advice on immigration consequences, and I can tell you it is much easier to do it right on the front end than it is to fix a prior attorney’s mistakes while the government is trying to ship your client out of the country. In light of Padilla v. Kentucky, which held that an attorney has a duty to give accurate advice as to immigration consequences, this is probably not a bad resource to have.
I don’t remember where I found this, it may have been someone’s blog or it may have been one of the email lists that I am on – so, H/T to someone out there and thanks.

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