Immigration Expertise Is Essential to Defending Non-Citizens in Criminal Matters

4/28/2015

Anybody can find themselves on the wrong end of the legal system.  Sometimes you make a bad decision that can have a lifetime of consequences.  Sometimes an argument can lead to your arrest.  Sometimes an accusation means your life, and that of your family, is in turmoil.  If you are not a United States citizen, then you probably know how much more complicated these situations can be for you.  Johnson Knudson is a unique immigration law firm with expertise in both immigration and criminal law.  We understand how to protect your rights.

My name is Shea Sharpe.  On April 1st, 2015, I joined Johnson Knudson to assist in defending criminal cases.  Between myself and Eric Johnson, one of the founding members, we have over twenty-five years of criminal law experience.  As former prosecutors, Eric and I understand the complicated world of criminal law.  And we know how a conviction – or even a deferred judgment – in a criminal case can have a huge impact on your ability to remain in the United States.  Do not assume that just any criminal lawyer can help you.

Eric, Kristin and I often hear from clients who had a lawyer for their criminal case but that lawyer did not advise them properly on the immigration consequences of their plea.  Often, a good plea bargain for a citizen is terrible for a non-citizen.  A guilty plea in a criminal case can sometimes result in removal proceedings in immigration court.  If you or someone you know finds themselves in this situation, please call us immediately.  Of course, the best thing to do is to call us anytime you get in trouble, before you ever step foot in court on a criminal matter.