Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions | Familia America
For immigrant in California, criminal convictions carry an extra consequence. See how Familia America can help ensure your clients understand those consequences.
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Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions

Since 2010 Ms. Cardenas successfully represented hundreds of immigrants in removal proceedings in the EOIR (Immigration Court) and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).  She is licensed in the State of California and is admitted in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She is a graduate of UCLA where she earned her B.A. in Political Science and her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.  In 2001, she was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 20 Up and Coming Litigators under 40 in California and spent the many years handling complex business litigation.  Prior to handling business litigation, she represented police agencies in conflict cases relating to unlawful use of force and false arrest in both state and federal court.  She has witnessed first hand the serious adverse consequences a conviction may have on an individual facing removal from the United States for a conviction that appeared not to make a person inadmissible or deportable, but under federal immigration law is, and has serious negative immigration consequences.  

For example, a conviction for violation of a portion of a protected order that involves protection against credible threats of violence, repeated harassment, or bodily injury to the person or person from whom the protection order was issued is a deportable offense under INA Section 237(a)(2)(E)(ii). Therefore, a  well-crafted plea agreement or another conviction altogether may prevent this grounds of deportability.    

The Supreme Court in Padilla v. Kentucky held that counsel must inform a client whether his plea carries a risk of deportation.  We may be hired to assist in investigating the criminal and immigration histories of your clients and offer expert strategies for obtaining immigration-safe dispositions and post-conviction relief to eliminate immigration damage.

Our Services for Defense Attorneys

We offer consultations to:

  • Advice on constructing immigration-safe pleas
  • Immigration consequences of 9th Circuit states and federal offenses
  • What kind of post-conviction relief is effective in immigration court
  • How the deportation process works during criminal proceedings and beyond.  

If an attorney wishes to consult with Ms. Cardenas, she requires that a detailed intake be provided on the immigration status and background and history of the client, and information on the individual’s immediate family member.  Contact Gloria to get started.