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Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions in Virginia

Course Description

Since the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, criminal defense lawyers have an obligation to properly advise their clients regarding the immigration consequences of the charges pending against them and of any charges to which they may plead guilty. While the criminal defense lawyer cannot be expected to master all relevant areas of immigration law, understanding the basics is not only possible but indispensable. This course, presented by criminal law attorneys Emily Beckman and Joseph King, will provide an introduction to immigration consequences of criminal convictions, with a special focus on common pitfalls in Virginia misdemeanor practice and how they may be avoided.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand different immigration statuses and how the client’s immigration status affects the consequences of criminal convictions for that client
  2. Differentiate between removability, inadmissibility, and forms of relief from deportation
  3. Identify aggravated felonies and crimes involving moral turpitude
  4. Negotiate plea agreements that protect clients from immigration consequences, including deferred disposition agreements that comply with Crespo v. Holder, 631 F.3d 130 (4th Cir. 2011)