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Is Criminal Record Clearing Right for Your Noncitizen Client?

with Seth Lyons

The question of whether to take steps to clear an immigrant client’s criminal record can be tricky. On the one hand, criminal records are barriers to housing and employment and carry extra risks for immigrants such as detention or deportation. On the other hand, for some immigrants, taking legal steps to clear the criminal record may be riskier than letting it stand. How should an attorney weigh these risks and rewards?

In our August 2017 episode of the Advocacy Exchange, our monthly conversation with advocates advancing change, we talked with Seth Lyons of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia about the different possible consequences of clearing criminal records for clients with various immigration statuses.

For more details, be sure to read Seth’s Clearinghouse article, Risks and Rewards: Is Record Clearing Right for Your Noncitizen Client? 

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