Immigration Consequences of Criminal Cases: Overview of Concepts & Discussion of Emerging Issues

The U.S. Supreme Court held in Padilla v. Kentucky that criminal defense attorneys have a Sixth Amendment duty to advise clients about immigration consequences of their criminal cases, and that failure to do so is ineffective assistance of counsel. With record numbers of immigrants being deported for relatively minor criminal offenses, it is imperative that anyone representing noncitizens understand basic concepts regarding the interplay between immigration and criminal law and be aware of emerging issues.



This webinar provides an overview of immigration consequences of criminal conduct, including different types of immigration status, immigration terms of art, criminal provisions under immigration laws, and immigration enforcement programs. The webinar also covers how to formulate defense priorities based on your client's particular immigration status and highlights key strategies to avoid the immigration consequences of criminal dispositions.

Presented by Benita Jain, Immigrant Defense Project; Angie Junck, Immigrant Legal Resource Center; and Wendy Wayne, Immigration Impact Unit, Committee for Public Counsel Services

Presented by NACDL and the Defending Immigrants Partnership and supported by grant funding from the Foundation for Criminal Justice, Ford Foundation, and Open Society Institute.

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