Paterson, NJ asked in Domestic Violence, Criminal Law and Immigration Law for Pennsylvania

Q: I was recently incarcerated, I’m an immigrant the charge was domestic but I didn’t do it.

They charged me with strangulation and assault but I didn’t do it, because i have an accent they say the body cam says I admitted to it( not true). They also said I had former charges that they pinned on me but the charges date back to the 90s when I was still a child in Jamaica. My public defender is insisting that I plead guilty though I am not. My question is should the entire case be thrown out since it’s just a bunch of lies and they have no evidence?

2 Lawyer Answers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Philadelphia, PA

A: You should immediately contact an immigration lawyer from the JUSTIA directory or the American Immigration Lawyers Association directory. Pleading guilty to criminal offenses can have extremely serious results like deportation if you are not a US citizen. Even if you are a citizen a guilty plea can still have serious results. You should tell your criminal lawyer that you are urgently seeking an immigration lawyer and make an appointment to talk to that immigration lawyer.

Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, FL

A: This is a crime of violence and an aggravated felony. You need to successfully defend the charges or get the charges dropped. Otherwise you will be placed in removal proceedings.

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