I have had a green card for 20 years. I was convicted of shoplifting 10 years ago. Last week I was arrested and charged with shoplifting again. My defense attorney is telling me to just plead guilty and I'll just have to pay a fine without jail time. Is that a good idea?

It might be a terrible idea. A shoplifting conviction is likely to be considered a "Crime Involving Moral Turpitude" (CIMT) under the immigration laws. Two CIMTs from separate incidents constitute a ground of deportability. Your defense attorney has a duty to advise you of any potential immigration consequences in a criminal proceeding, and so he is failing to meet this requirement by not discussing immigration with you.

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