Fighting For Your Rights
Immigration Lawyers Providing Criminal Defense Services
Facing charges of a criminal offense can cause a lot of anxiety and worry, especially if you are an immigrant who may face deportation if you are convicted. Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, in Nashville can assist you by explaining all of your legal and constitutional rights, potential defenses, minimum and maximum penalties, and the likely outcome of your case.
Attorneys Vanessa Saenz and Matt Maniatis assist a wide range of clients against criminal charges, including but not limited to:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- No driver’s license; suspended/revoked license
- Domestic violence and violation of orders of protection
- Drug charges
- Firearms offenses
Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, will thoroughly review your case to help you form the strongest defense possible, as well as reviewing all arrests, warrants and affidavits to ensure they conform with the law. Thoroughness can ensure a satisfactory plea deal can be worked out with the prosecutor, or that the charges against you can be disproven during a trial.
Immigration Consequences | Make Sure You Are Advised!
If you are a non-U.S. citizen, every criminal allegation brought against you will have an impact on your immigration status, both current and future. Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, can explain your full immigration consequences of any conviction, including whether you may be deported, and how it may affect your future ability to enter the United States or receive immigration benefits.
Even if you are a permanent resident of the United States, you may still face deportation if you are convicted of a crime. Never plead guilty or no contest to any criminal charge without seeking counsel from an experienced immigration attorney.
The United States Supreme Court in Padilla v. Commonwealth of Kentucky , 559 U.S. 356 (2010) held that all criminal defense attorneys must advise noncitizen clients about the deportation risks of a guilty plea. Make sure your attorneys know how to advise you of the immigration consequences of a conviction.
Hire An Attorney Who Knows Immigration Law
Whether you are a lawful permanent resident, a foreign-citizen visitor or present in the country without any papers, Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, can assist you by advising you on:
- Deportation consequences
- Future admission into the United States
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds and bonds
- Immigration detention after your state charges are disposed/completed
- Potential remedies in immigration court
If You Were Convicted Without Being Advised On Immigration Consequences | Act Fast. We May Be Able To Help!
If you plead guilty to a criminal offense and your previous attorney did not advise you on the immigration consequences, your conviction may be overturned. You will need to file a petition for post-conviction relief arguing that you received “ineffective assistance of counsel.” Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, can assist you in filing such a petition and preparing you for court. If it is proven to the court that (1) your lawyers failed to advise you on the immigration consequences of your guilty plea, and (2) you were prejudiced by the lack of your attorney’s advice, your conviction may be overturned.
Contact Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC | Nashville Immigration And Criminal Defense Attorneys
The firm’s goal is to provide excellent representation and to keep you fully informed about the consequences of your actions, so you can make a fully knowledgeable decision. For more information, contact our Tennessee firm online or by calling 615-366-1211 or 615-366-1611.