Jacksonville Post-Conviction Relief for Immigration
BEFORE AND AFTER CONVICTION
We understand that representing immigrants who are not yet citizens in criminal cases has immigration removal and deportation consequences. We make it a point to ensure we can resolve the case in a manner that will not affect our client’s ability to remain in this country. Mitch Stone has a strong track record of obtaining dismissals, acquittals and negotiated resolutions that do not trigger removal proceedings, He works with immigration lawyers to make sure there are little to no immigration consequences for his clients.
However, 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, Mitch Stone is hired after the conviction to 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, prostitution, and sex trafficking.
What is Post Conviction Relief?
Post-Conviction relief refers to the process of appealing criminal convictions. 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 and removed from this country.
Contact our offices to arrange a free consultation about your situation.
POST-CONVICTION RELIEF FROM OLD CONVICTIONS FOR IMMIGRANTS
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., Jacksonville criminal defense attorney Mitch Stone has 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.
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 employa-bility or denial of citizenship:
- Repeat offenses
- Felony offenses
- Crimes of moral turpitude
- Drug offenses
- Weapons offenses
- Domestic battery
- Passing worthless checks
- White-collar crime
- Sexual offenses
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.
At Mitchell A. Stone, P.A., 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.
Contact our Jacksonville law firm and ask to speak with Mitch Stone. We provide free consultations and welcome referrals.