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June 2017 Archives

Permanent resident takes Sixth Amendment issue to Supreme Court

One of the basic rights given in New York and throughout the United States is the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees a citizen the right to an attorney if one is desired. When charged with a crime, most defendants seek to retain an attorney who is expected to be knowledgeable about the law. When an individual receives legal advice that is completely ineffective, it can have far-reaching consequences. A recent story tells the tale of a permanent resident facing deportation who prevailed once he took the case to the Supreme Court. 

Citizenship case prohibits favoring mothers over fathers

Rules regarding immigration can seem arbitrary and murky. Some cases, due to their highly contested and unclear nature, rise all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. A recent Supreme Court decision, appealed from the New York Second Circuit Court of Appeals, finds that it is unfair to favor mothers over fathers in a certain citizenship issue. 

New York law provides deportation defense for petty crimes

Petty crimes should not be the cause for removal from the United States. Immigrants who are charged with lesser crimes will now have more shelter under a new New York City law that allows police to charge them with lesser civil summonses versus criminal summonses. This law provides an important deportation defense. A recent news story covers the details of the new law.

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