There a variety of procedures for seeking post-conviction relief for a prior criminal conviction. Depending on your unique immigration status, a criminal conviction may be causing you immigration prejudice such as deportation, denial of naturalization, or exclusion from admission to the United States. Many non-citizens faced with these severe immigration consequences are oftentimes unaware of these consequences at the time they entered their plea and feel hopeless in obtaining immigration relief.
Over the last several years our office has experienced a great deal of success in alleviating the immigration consequences of our clients’ past criminal convictions by successfully litigating various post-conviction motions including Penal Code section 1016.5 motions, “Equitable Relief” dispositions and, most recently, Penal Code section 1473.7 motions. In a significant number of cases, we can make a difference. There is hope.
Although obtaining post-conviction relief for a prior criminal conviction is only one step in the process, it can provide avenues to better results in immigration removal proceedings or obtaining lawful status.
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