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Immigration Resources

The Sonoma County of the Public Defender provides legal representation to immigrants during their criminal proceedings. We strive to accurately advise our clients about immigration consequences when they have contact with the criminal court systems.

The Supreme Court in Padilla v. Kentucky recognized that immigration consequences are so intimately tied to the criminal process, that it is “uniquely difficult to classify as either a direct or a collateral consequence.” Padilla v. Kentucky, 130 S. Ct 1473, 1480 (2010). For that reason, the Court characterized deportation as a “severe ‘penalty’” that must be considered in a criminal case.

SB54/ ICE and the Local Jail

ICE Know Your Rights/Issues

Post-Conviction Relief