Sharon Ames, Esq.
Get the required advice for your non-citizen client about the immigration consequences relating to his or her criminal case.
“The importance of accurate legal advice for noncitizens accused of crimes has never been more important.” Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356 (2010)
What you need to know TO ADVISE YOUR NON-CITIZEN CLIENT:
Is my client a US citizen?
What is my client’s immigration history and status?
What will happen if my client accepts the prosecution’s offer?
If it is impossible to obtain an “immigration-safe” plea, is there an option that preserves my client’s eligibility for any possible relief in an Immigration Court proceeding?
If there is no offer, how can I negotiate an optimal plea that will avoid any adverse immigration consequences for my client?
Will my client be able to apply for a green card or U.S. citizenship ?
What are my client’s priorities?
An attorney for over 35 years, Sharon has practiced in criminal and family court. For the past 23 years she has practiced exclusively in immigration law. As Immigration Director, Sharon helped establish the NY Regional Immigration Assistance Center (RIAC), Region 2 , where she provided immigration advice to criminal defense and family court counsel in 16 counties as required for their non-citizen clients. She now consults for privately retained attorneys and conducts trainings in the area of “crimmigration.” Sharon is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She is fluent in Spanish.