Guide to Representing Non-Citizen Criminal Defendants in Connecticut

The Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic and the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association have released the 2017 edition of “A Brief Guide to Representing Non-Citizen Criminal Defendants in Connecticut.” The 2017 edition incorporates significant changes in the field of criminal-immigration law that have taken place since the guide was last updated in 2014.  This brief guide is intended as an introductory tool for criminal defense attorneys and immigration practitioners representing non-citizens in Connecticut. This guide does not purport to provide legal advice or to give an opinion as to the immigration consequences that might result from a criminal disposition in a particular case. Defense practitioners are advised to, and when necessary, consult an attorney who specializes in this area of law and to conduct their own research on the possible immigration consequences in particular cases. In addition, this is a rapidly changing area of law, so practitioners are cautioned to keep abreast of changes in federal and state law since this guide was last revised.