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This is NOT a medical malpractice question.
I am sorry for any troubles you may have had but it appears that IF you think your lawyer did something wrong, it would be, if anything, a LEGAL malpractice case.
I suggest you contact a lawyer who is familiar with immigration matters as a starting point. He or she may be able to determine if something the prior lawyer did was incorrect.
Keep in mind there are limitation periods on when certain actions must be filed, and I am not at all familiar with the rules pertaining to immigration practice.
Again, while I am sorry I cannot help you, I think contacting a lawyer who handles immigration law is a start. That may determine whether you have a legal malpractice case against this prior lawyer or any other options.
Stephen L. Hoffman
Law Office of Stephen L. Hoffman LLC
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It is a little difficult to understand your question/facts.
First you talk about a Public Defender on your criminal case ... then you talk about an immigration attorney ... who I assume helped with your immigration court case and not your criminal court case.
You should do 3 things:
1. Get a copy of your entire criminal file
2. Get a copy of your immigration file (this can be done with a FOIA, G-639)
3. Meet with an immigration attorney.
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