Several weeks ago , I had the chance to work with Nashville immigration lawyer Sean Lewis . Since Padillia v. Kentucky , it is critical that a criminal defense lawyer consult with a immigration lawyer before entering a plea bargain. Now under Rule 11 of the Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure , it is mandatory for the court to make an inquiry.In the case Sean and I worked on , we were able to hammer out a plea agreement that would not have any immigration consequences.

I asked Sean to do an interview on these important issue. This is the first of a three part series of interviews. The first is cases involving those under a temporary protected status . I hope you find the interviews helpful.