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Pending criminal and family court matters

Contact with the criminal and family court systems can lead to a broad range of adverse immigration consequences—including deportation—for both documented and undocumented people.

These consequences are not always immediately obvious and can impact clients years after the resolution of a case. Moreover, even a pending criminal or family court case can impact clients who are not U.S. citizens. 

It is crucial to seek expert immigration advice early in a case so that you can try to mitigate these potentially devastating consequences and your client can make informed choices prior to the outcome of the case.

To request a consultation, please call (518) 447-4890.

Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the courtroom

Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are federal agencies that send officers to detain and deport "removable" people in the community, including at courthouses. This practice of arresting immigrants in courthouses undermines equal access to justice and can interfere with clients' ability to resolve criminal matters.

The Immigrant Defense Project has created a guide, "How to Advise Immigrant Clients on ICE in the Courts," that provides tips for protecting immigrant clients in the courthouse, including what to do before and after your client is detained by ICE in the courtroom.

To request a consultation, please call (518) 447-4890.

Clients who may be in ICE custody

The Immigrant Defense Project offers a guide, "Representing Clients Detained by ICE," for criminal defense attorneys, with information about how to:

  • Identify strategies and arguments for ensuring fair access to the court for your client in ICE custody; 
  • Ensure continued communication with your client while they are in ICE custody; 
  • Identify if your client will have a hearing and/or be assigned an attorney in Immigration Court; and 
  • Access resources to ensure the best outcome for your client in criminal and immigration proceedings.

To request a consultation, please call (518) 447-4890.

Resources for family court attorneys

Like the criminal legal system, family court involvement can trigger an array of immigration consequences including preclusion from citizenship, the denial of immigration relief, and even deportation.

Through training sessions and presentations, the Albany County Regional Immigration Assistance Center educates attorneys, advocates, judges, and court staff about how family court contact can adversely impact immigrant families.

The Center provides free consultations to court-mandated attorneys who represent respondents in family court proceedings on the range of adverse immigration consequences that can stem from such family court contact. To request a consultation, please call (518) 447-4890.

Additional resources for family court attorneys: