April 16, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich

What Happens If I Plead Guilty To A Crime And I’m An Immigrant? Can My Status Be Revoked? Do I Need A Criminal Defense Attorney?

If you have been charged with a serious crime in San Bernardino, or in any other county in California, and are thinking of pleading guilty or no contest, there is some important information you should consider, especially if you’re an immigrant to this country.

For people who are not citizens, being convicted of DUI, domestic violence, sex crimes, or any other serious crime may lead to certain immigration consequences. It is essential that you consider these, as well as the criminal consequences, before entering a plea of guilty or no contest. Unfortunately, some people are not even aware of them. In People v. Chien, it was held that the courts are required to vacate a conviction where defendants are not advised by the court of the immigration consequences of a plea. However, the court will not overturn a conviction if the defendant’s attorney did not advise his client of the immigration consequences of a plea.This is why it is essential that you hire a knowledgeable and top criminal defense attorney in California before entering a plea.

The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 30 years experience in criminal defense matters, and have dealt with immigration issues on multiple accounts.

For a consultation to discuss your offense or hearing, please call us at 1-888-280-6839. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer any of your questions. You can also visit us at www.wklaw.com for more information.

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