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Criminal Defense for Non-U.S. Citizens

5 Things Every Non-US Citizen Charged with a Crime Should Know

Same information that a U.S. Citizen with a criminal charge knows!

Paying fine or receiving probation = a conviction

Even if you're guilty, there's room for attorney to help.

Don't miss court!

Your criminal defense lawyer is required, by U.S. Supreme Court, to let you know if you'll be deported.

For the average U.S. citizen, an attorney is important. You are facing investigation for allegations of criminal conduct, may have already had the unfortunate experience of a criminal arrest or, even worse, a conviction. You are scared about jail or losing future job opportunities.

But for a Non-U.S. Citizen, there is so much more to worry about. Only a CrImmigration Defense Attorney understands every concern you have about your future in the United States. Of course, you’re worried about going to jail. But will you go into an immigration or ICE jail for deportation? Can we get the charges dismissed where it’s not on your record at all? Can you keep your visa and continue to work? Will you lose your green card? Can you become a U.S. citizen?

Every case is unique and requires a custom strategy. Basic Outcome Strategies: 1) Case Dismissal, 2) Jury Trial, or 3) Negotiating a Guilty Plea to resolve the case in the way that’s best for you.

STERN Law knows you better. We know what you have been through and where you want to go. We will get you there.

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Why We Are 100% Committed to Defending You

We started defending clients in criminal courts across the State more than 10 years ago. STERN Law could not ignore that immigrants receive a much lower quality of representation than Americans.  Whether it’s the language barrier, many criminal defense attorneys’ lack of immigration law knowledge, or an overall cultural bias, this difference is unacceptable.

STERN Law has a team dedicated to the representation of non-U.S. citizens facing both criminal and immigration consequences. Through clear and consistent representation, STERN Law provides representation and counsel for non-U.S. citizen clients who face any criminal charge, allegation, or investigation. A non-citizen with criminal charges has very different consequences and options than a United States Citizen. If you are not a citizen, any criminal conviction will likely affect your ability to achieve or maintain lawful status or may even cause you to be deported from the United States.  It is critical that you have a lawyer who fully understands both the criminal and immigration process throughout your entire criminal case before any conviction is entered.

Your criminal lawyer is required, under U.S. Supreme Court case Padilla v. Kentucky, to make sure you understand the deportation risks. However, most criminal lawyers do not understand immigration law. Your criminal lawyer might tell you to contact an immigration lawyer to understand the immigration situation, but the law requires that your criminal lawyer understand it.

Instead of going back and forth between a criminal and immigration lawyer, you should seriously consider STERN Law as counsel for your criminal case. You will receive consistent and accurate advice regarding the impact on your immigration status from the very start.

If you have already retained a lawyer for your criminal case, consider talking with him/her about a Padilla Assessment with STERN Law. We will help your lawyer to understand your unique situation and the immigration consequences to give you the correct advice before you enter any plea to criminal charges or make a decision to go to trial.


WARNING: Sometimes even dismissed charges – like “First Offender” and “Conditional Discharge” sentences – are considered convictions under federal immigration law. Here’s the federal definition of conviction: “a formal judgment of guilt of the alien entered by the court” or, “if adjudication of guilt has been withheld, where…a judge has found the alien guilty, or the alien has entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, or has admitted sufficient facts to warrant a finding of guilt, and…the judge has ordered some form of punishment, penalty, or restraint on the alien’s liberty to be imposed.” INA § 101(a)(48)(A), 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(48)(A).