Providing Advocacy And Compassion
Criminal convictions can have serious and unexpected consequences that last long after you’ve served your sentence. Among the most common are registration with the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) and, for non-citizens, deportation. Sometimes deceptively referred to as “collateral” consequences, they are not always going to be at the top of your mind while you’re under the stress of dealing with your criminal case.
Whether it’s advocating for a client at their SORB classification proceeding or litigating a criminal motion that will help a client avoid deportation, I understand that there’s nothing “collateral” about the effects of these consequences for you and your family.
The impact of a conviction can be lasting. For more than a decade, I have provided services for clients to reduce or eliminate the impact of a criminal conviction.
Compassionate and Knowledgeable Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) Representation
Practice before the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) is unique, and the best results often come about by taking a different approach than the one you might be used to. While it makes sense to hire a defense attorney who will aggressively fight for you in court to defend against criminal charges, what happens when the question isn’t as simple as winning versus losing?
Taking a black and white approach usually doesn’t work within a system where classification levels exist on a spectrum of low to high risk, and the question SORB will be deciding is where on that spectrum they think you fall. No two clients are exactly alike, but I approach every case guided by the same basic principles: contextualize, support, and explain, so that my clients won’t be judged based entirely on something that happened many years ago.
Creative Thinking and Skilled Litigation of Post-Conviction Motions
Unlike direct appeals in the Appeals Court that are usually limited by the record at trial, litigating post-conviction motions in the trial courts allows for the flexibility to engage in the type of creative, out of the box thinking that has allowed me to help dozens of clients escape deportation or other immigration consequences, avoid sex offender registration, or secure early release from prison.