President Trump’s recent actions on immigration have occupied much of the news. But immigration issues have long occupied the thoughts of California’s family law attorneys. When clients are immigrants or have immigrant spouses who aren’t U.S. citizens, they may face some unexpected hurdles as they navigate the court system.
Criminal law and immigration law intersect in many ways, perhaps most critically in that criminal charges can have dire immigration consequences for noncitizens. When this is an issue, certain duties arise for defense counsel, the breach of which amounts to “constitutionally deficient” representation.