Many times in state court, people are convicted of crimes without the assistance of a lawyer. Other times, a lawyer is ineffective. In those cases, we can review records and transcripts of the proceedings to determine if the conviction should stand. At Mitchell A. Stone, P.A., we understand that a conviction for any crime can have a dramatic, long-lasting impact on a client's life. We have successfully challenged convictions years after the fact for charges such as murder, robbery, burglary, sexual assault, domestic battery, DUI, drug offenses, theft and prostitution and sex trafficking. Motions for post-conviction relief must be filed within two years of the conviction or within two years of the date the person learned of a significant fact that otherwise was unavailable at the time of his or her conviction. We understand the legal, procedural and technical nature of these proceedings and we have reversed convictions and removed criminal records for clients who otherwise thought they would forever be branded as criminals.

Post-Conviction Relief For Immigrants

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Often a well-established legal immigrant finds that an old criminal conviction surfaces, exposing him or her to deportation, removal, denial of citizenship and denial of other privileges. In many cases, immigrants were convicted as the result of poor legal advice or representation, and they have lived productive, trouble-free lives in the years since. Through petitions for post-conviction relief, immigrants can have criminal records cleared and remain in the U.S. or pursue U.S. citizenship.

At Mitchell A. Stone, P.A., in Jacksonville, we have developed effective strategies to assist immigrants in petitions for post-conviction relief. Mitch Stone works with immigration attorneys to ensure that the specific relief needed is known and that all aspects of the matter are addressed completely, preventing future problems. Contact our offices to arrange a free consultation about your situation.

Effective measures we employ in post-conviction relief applications include:

  • Motions to reduce felonies to misdemeanors
  • Motions to modify convictions, reducing them from aggravated felonies to simple felonies that are not removable offenses
  • Motions that demonstrate that the conviction was inappropriate because the client was not properly advised of the immigration consequences of a guilty plea or conviction

If you have been prosecuted for or convicted of the following offenses, you may require our assistance to prevent deportation, loss of employability or denial of citizenship:

We have assisted immigrants from a variety of European and Latin American countries and the Caribbean, including Poland, Albania, Russia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Columbia, Guatemala, Cuba, the Bahamas, Mexico, Jamaica and Haiti. If you or someone you know has received a notice of removal or is facing denial of citizenship because of a conviction in the courts of Florida, post-conviction relief may be available. Contact our Jacksonville law firm and ask to speak with Mitch Stone. We provide free consultations and welcome referrals.

At Mitchell A. Stone, P.A., in Jacksonville, Florida, we represent clients statewide to overturn past convictions in cases involving state and federal courts here in Northeast Florida, including the communities of Fernandina Beach, Green Cove Springs, St. Augustine, Baldwin and Mayport and Duval County, Nassau County, Clay County and St. Johns County, in defense against a wide variety of criminal charges.