For far too long prosecutors have successfully argued that our noncitizen clients are inherent flight risks because of their status, and that Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") holds compel detention, when the opposite is true. Our clients immigrate to the United States for a number of reasons and typically have large extended families around them and substantial community ties. These factors, which the court must consider under the Bail Reform Act, make the noncitizen client anything but a flight risk. Winning release of our clients pending trial carries many direct and collateral benefits, including the client’s ability to remain at home in the community, providing for their families and aiding in their defense at trial. Clients released on bond are also able to assist the defense lawyer to more persuasively present the Section 3553(a) factors. This webinar will dispel the myths that have blocked our clients' path to bond and have circumvented the Bail Reform Act and case law which mandates release of a person facing trial under the least restrictive conditions.
Presented by Joan Politeo, Visiting Attorney Advisor, Defender Services Office Training Division, Deputy Federal Public Defender, Central District of California Federal Public Defender