Many non-citizens do not hire an immigration attorney until they have already been convicted of a criminal offense and now face deportation in immigration court. This is a mistake. An immigration attorney can provide extremely valuable advice to an individual facing criminal charges before taking a deal and pleading guilty. It is much better to avoid being convicted of an offense that could make a person deportable by receiving good immigration advice than attempted to “undo” a conviction or facing a very difficult fight in immigration court to avoid deportation.
Mr. Shaftel is a former criminal defense attorney, therefore, he can provide the best possible advice to an individual and their criminal defense attorney in order to avoid conviction for a crime that could result in deportation.