ATLANTA, GA – Jessica Stern, a nationally-recognized (Cr)Immigration attorney and Founder of STERN Law, was approved as an expert in U.S. Federal Court for Padilla Immigration Consequences Analysis and Consulting. This groundbreaking step means that court-appointed funds are available for court-appointed criminal defense attorneys and all indigent Defendants to receive this essential immigration advice to protect non-U.S. citizens charged with crimes from unintended immigration or deportation consequences.
"We know that many criminal defense attorneys, even exceptional ones, often lack the expertise to properly advise their non-U.S. citizen clients on the potential immigration consequences of their criminal cases," said Stern. "This approval not only validates the importance of providing accurate immigration advice to clients but also opens the door for other criminal defense attorneys to secure court-appointed funds for this vital service."
In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in Padilla v. Kentucky that criminal defense lawyers must adequately advise non-U.S. citizen clients about potential deportation and changes to their residency status due to their criminal cases. Unfortunately, many criminal defense attorneys still struggle to provide this essential guidance, leaving non-U.S. citizen clients at risk of life-altering consequences.
Stern has become nationally recognized for her expertise in Padilla Immigration Consequences Consulting and advice, providing invaluable support to criminal defense attorneys across the country. In many cases, she has offered her services pro bono to public defenders.
"Until recently, court-appointed funds have only been available to hire experts in areas like ballistics or DNA evidence, but not for an immigration expert to provide this crucial service," explained Stern. "The need for expert analysis in immigration law is clear, affirmed by the U.S. Federal Court, where in the Northern District of Georgia an attorney successfully secured court-appointed funding for hiring my services as an expert in immigration and immigration consequences analyses.
This represents a significant step forward, and we hope it serves as a catalyst for criminal defense attorneys and judges nationwide to recognize the constitutional importance of ensuring criminal defense lawyers can accurately advise their clients of the specific immigration consequences involved in that particular criminal case."
By sharing her expertise and this groundbreaking step forward with criminal defense attorneys across the country, Stern aims to empower them to approach their judges with confidence, seeking court-appointed funds for immigration experts in their own cases. This marks a pivotal moment to ensure that non-U.S. citizen clients receive the comprehensive immigration legal advice they deserve.
At STERN Law, we defend the American Dream for all non-U.S. citizens! We are not intimidated by your past or your record. We encourage all non-U.S. citizens with criminal offenses to connect with us to get their criminal case dismissed or a conviction removed to secure legal immigration status for you and your family in the United States of America.
Trust us because we know how intimidating it is to walk into a courtroom or government building where your freedom and liberty are at stake. We also know how hard it is to understand the legal process and your rights as a non-U.S. citizen. Rest assured that if you hire STERN Law, you will be made fully aware of all options surrounding your situation and several strategies. You will gain an experienced legal team using their expertise and compassion to relentlessly help you achieve your desired result.
If you feel confused, alone, or judged by the system, let STERN Law serve as your most trusted counsel.
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