At the Law Offices of Angela L. Williams, LLC I devote my practice exclusively to to representing immigrants and their families in complex removal and family based immigration cases. I also assist clients and their defense attorneys in understanding the immigration consequences of criminal activity when deciding whether to accept a potential plea agreement or in post conviction relief motions after a conviction.
I am fluent in English and Spanish and have many years representing clients in criminal and civil matters in courts across both Missouri and Kansas. I have appeared in all municipal and state courts in the Greater Kansas City Area. I have also appeared in many state administrative agency courts and Federally in front of the EOIR Immigration Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the Federal District of Kansas. Finally I have represented clients during the appeals process in immigration cases in front of the Board of Immigration Appeals and the 8th Circuit Federal Appellate Court.
I am a passionate and aggressive advocate for immigration reform, civil rights and equal access to justice. I am a member of many professional and community organizations that work tirelessly advocating for common-sense and comprehensive immigration reform and against ill-conceived and dangerous state-based immigration laws. I have testified on numerous occasions in front of both the Missouri and Kansas legislature on a variety of immigration related issues. I frequently appear on the radio, write, blog and speak at Continuing Legal Education Seminars as well as in the community bi-monthly at the Mexican Consulate educating people about our broken immigration system and about their rights.
Removal and Family Immigration
The practice of law and specifically representing families and individuals in their immigration and criminal matters is not just a job to me, it is truly my calling. I take these cases very seriously and work closely and tirelessly advocating for my clients. At the end of the day my clients will always know that we fought the best fight possible and that I was committed to their case. I represent individuals in all types of non-business immigration, including, family petitions, consular processing, adjustment of status, waivers of all types, political asylum, temporary protective status (TPS), deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), stay of removals, removal defense, voluntary departure, bond reductions, cancellation of removal, u visas, applications under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and naturalization. Immigration cases are highly emotional and stressful, and very fact specific. It is extremely important that immigrants and their families have competent and passionate legal advice during this very stressful and important process. Choosing the right lawyer can make the difference between success and failure and can make the process much less scary and stressful. I provide my clients with compassionate yet zealous representation.
If you find yourself in a situation where you need the advice of an attorney you are probably scared and nervous about where to begin. When you or a family member is facing a criminal charge or the possibility of a removal or even just starting to explore your immigration options, it is very important that you consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in the subject matter.
I insist on in-person consults for people in town and scheduled phone or Skype appointments for those out of town prior to agreeing to represent anyone so we can fully explore the facts of your case and determine the goals and expectations of any future representation prior to signing a contract. Because of the highly individualized nature of immigration and criminal issues I do not offer general advise or price quotes without a consultation. My first consultation for all cases is $100 payable at that consult.
Advising Defense Attorneys and Non-Citizen Criminal Defendants
The recent Supreme Court ruling of Padilla v. Kentucky, sent shock waves through the criminal defense bar in requiring that a defendant be fully advised of the immigration consequences of a criminal plea prior to acceptance of that plea. While many viewed this decision to create an additional burden on defense attorneys, I view it as an opportunity to better serve our clients and provide more effective and personalized representation that address not only the crime, but how the crime impacts the person’s larger life.
I offer a service, packaged in a unique and practical way, that is designed to work as an integral part of a non-citizen’s defense team. Just as many cases require expert testimony or a private investigator to accomplish the client’s defense objectives, many immigrant defendants require more nuanced and personalized representation. As the Supreme Court recognized, sometimes the immigration consequences are, in fact the most important consequence, of a criminal case. Whether it is a municipal shoplifting charge or a federal drug trafficking conspiracy, if the client’s objective includes not only knowing that a plea could impact his or her immigration status, but knowing whether a particular plea could be defendable in immigration court, make a person inadmissible but not removable, subject the person to more stringent waivers or deny a particular defense or opportunity for a waiver, a more specific and detailed analysis of a potential plea will be necessary to accomplish that non-citizen defendant’s goals. Sometimes it is not possible to shield a non-citizen defendant from all the draconian immigration consequences of criminal convictions, so when those situations arrive, it is important that the client understand these realities and be prepared for the legal battle in immigration court that will follow the the criminal plea. The use of a personalized analysis of the criminal plea, the individual’s criminal and immigration history and the possible defenses left in the immigration arena can be as valuable as a scientist’s report on evidence in presenting the client with all the options, in negotiating a plea with a recalcitrant prosecutor or convincing a difficult family member or client of the realities of bad life choices.
Because of the intricacy in the analysis of specific crimes, this type of an opinion is an essential tool in a defense attorney’s arsenal of experts used in the decision making, investigation, negotiation, and trial of a client’s case centered around the specific goals and priorities of that individual. The service I offer to defense attorneys whose non-citizen clients have specialized necessity to protect their immigration status and have very specific information on the possibly protracted immigration battle that could follow a plea is designed to be a tool that the defense attorney can use with the client to plan strategy, negotiate and make decisions on the case.