The stakes in criminal cases are high, no doubt. No matter the charge involved, criminal charges have peripheral effects which can have impact on a person’s life far beyond the duration of the case. Even misdemeanors can result in the loss of a job, great stress to family members, and, most importantly, the loss of freedom of the charged individual.
Attorney Joseph Molina Flynn spent the twelve weeks in 2014 working as a Rule 9 intern at the R.I. Department of the Attorney General. While there, he prosecuted bail and probation violators, as well as other criminal misdemeanors. Joseph interned at the Department of the Attorney General because he knew that the experience gained would help him better understand the players involved and their mindsets, therefore, allowing him to become a better advocate for his clients.
Joseph also takes great interest in the intersection of Criminal Law and Immigration (“Crimmigration”). After the Supreme Court’s seminal decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, noncitizen defendants in criminal cases must be advised of the possibility that a guilty plea and/or conviction can have immigration consequences, including the denial of naturalization applications and removal (“deportation”). Unfortunately, criminal defense attorneys are not always aware of their clients’ immigration status. Even when they are, they are not always well-versed in immigration law and the possible consequences. For this reason, Joseph has utilized his experience within both the criminal and immigration systems to advocate for his clients who have been criminally charged and may face immigration consequences. He also offers consultation services to criminal attorneys who are concerned about possible immigration consequences of their clients’ criminal charges, pleas, or convictions.