● Always advise your clients to attend a relevant treatment program – drugs, alcohol, violence – immediately. Such “evidence of rehabilitation ” will prove invaluable for obtaining or keeping a job, housing, or immigration status. ● Always apply for a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities at sentencing if your client has one or fewer felony convictions. ● Talk to your clients. There is a good chance that they are making statements on the record about relevant facts in ancillary civil proceedings. ● Broaden your strategy. Consider using these ancillary civil proceedings as a way of getting discovery for the criminal case
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