The United States Supreme Court has held that a criminal defense attorney must protect the immigration rights and situation of an immigrant client. Padilla v. Kentucky (2010) The attorneys at Uribe & Uribe APLC understand the duty owed to immigrant defendants. In order to protect one’s immigration status it is imperative to engage in aggressive legal representation that understands how to protect and navigate both the criminal and immigration court process.
The United States criminal justice system is intended to protect law-abiding citizens but often time this can have unintended consequences that hurt the community. When a non-citizen is convicted of a crime exposing him or her to potential removal, Immigration, and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, will likely lodge a removal detainer against the immigrant. Usually, this detainer will remain in place until the sentence is complete, at which point the non-citizen will be released to ICE and taken to an immigration detention center.
Uribe & Uribe APLC is skilled in setting aside, vacating, or reducing criminal convictions so that our clients will not face deportation, removal, or exclusion from the United States.