Padilla… the day after
As you all may know by now, the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Padilla v. Kentucky yesterday, requiring criminal defense attorneys to advise clients of deportation consequences of their criminal charges and guilty pleas. It’s about time!
For many public defender offices and criminal defense attorneys, this decision simply affirms the importance of what they have always done – advised non-citizen clients of immigration consequences and worked to mitigate them. Others are asking, “What now? What are we supposed to do, and how are we supposed to do it?”
We wanted to let you know that help is on the way. As a first step, the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP), National Immigration Project (NIP-NLG) and Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), which collaborate through the Defending Immigrants Partnership, will soon issue a practice advisory and offer a webinar training for criminal defense attorneys to explain the Padilla decision and resources available to help them comply with their obligations.
In the meantime, defense attorneys can do the following:
- Access the national and state-specific resources on the Defending Immigrants Partnership website for public defenders, www.defendingimmigrants.org. (short registration required)
- Call IDP’s hotline, 212-725-6422, for free consultations about immigration consequences of convictions. We will do our best to answer and return all calls.
Please feel free to pass this on to your defender colleagues.