Practicing criminal defense in the Bay Area requires special consideration for non-US Citizens. The criminal court system is challenging enough, but immigrants may face additional problems that other defense attorneys do not consider. A criminal conviction can pose serious immigration consequences depending on the your visa status, date of entry, as well as the offense you were arrested for or convicted of. We work tirelessly to make sure that a criminal conviction will not make you inadmissible, deportable or unable to change your immigration status. Our goal is always to work to have your charges completely dismissed, however, an immigrant may suffer immigration consequence EVEN IF CASE IS DISMISSED.
If you have a question of concern about the immigration consequences of your case, you should discuss it with your Summit Defense attorney. If you are not a US Citizen, your Summit Defense legal team will include our in-house immigration expert, Attorney Scott Mossman, who specializes in assisting non-citizens facing criminal charges.
A Summit Defense attorney will meet with you or schedule a phone consultation to discuss your case in detail. Each client and criminal accusation is unique, so your attorney will ask many questions to best advise you about your best defense strategy. We will than have you consult with an immigration specialist who will advise you as to technical matters such as:
Please bring any records related to your case. If you feel that you’d be more comfortable with a family member present, ask us first. All meetings are completely confidential.
Summit Defense has offices located throughout the Bay Area. In emergencies we offer after-hours and weekend appointments.
No, the case review is completely free of charge. It gives us both an opportunity to meet each other and decide whether we’d like to work together.