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How a New CA Law Could Help Save Some Immigrants from Deportation

How a New CA Law Could Help Save Some Immigrants from Deportation

A new California law may provide some relief for immigrants who are facing deportation proceedings. Many immigrants end up in the deportation process when they are convicted of a particular crime. This new law provides the opportunity for post-conviction relief for people who want to challenge their criminal convictions. Under this law, an immigrant who is innocent could challenge his or her prior conviction, as could an immigrant whose attorney failed to inform him or her of the potential immigration consequences of entering into a plea agreement. This law is of particular importance for immigrants with no legal status, as they may not face deportation on the basis of their criminal convictions until years after they occurred. While immigration enforcement in the past focused on immigrants who had committed serious crimes, the Trump administration has made it clear that any immigrant who has committed any type of crime is a priority for deportation. This means that immigrants with a single traffic law violation or shoplifting conviction ten years ago theoretically are in danger of deportation. Another problem that these immigrants may face is a lack of understanding about the immigration consequences of pleading guilty to a crime. While attorneys are supposed to advise their clients about these potential consequences, that doesn’t always happen, or the immigrant simply may not understand what is at stake if he or she pleads guilty to even a minor offense. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we have represented the interests of countless clients in the state of California who are facing deportation proceedings, but who wish to remain with their families in the United States. The new law described above will help us help you. This law is only one of many remedies that may be available if you are facing deportation charges. We will aggressively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, and help you settle upon the option that is best calculated to allow you and your family to live where you choose. Contact our experienced deportation defense attorneys today, and learn how we can help.

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