Mr. Ayers is counsel to the firm on immigration matters. It is not unusual on a criminal matter that a client will have overlapping immigration concerns to be factored into the analysis of their criminal case. For example, if an accused is a permanent resident or refugee claimant and they are charged with a criminal offence, the direction in which a case proceeds can determine the client’s future in Canada. If a criminal conviction results, it can disrupt a person’s residency status and lead to deportation. Specifically, sections 36(1) “serious criminality” and 36(2) “criminality” of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act indicate that upon conviction, a foreign national may be deemed to be “inadmissible” to Canada. This can lead to further post-sentence custody as the immigration process works its way through the panel. In some cases, a conviction can lead to deportation. To address these concerns, an internal immigration law analysis is done on any cases where there are immigration concerns. Having counsel to the firm on immigration matters often obviates the need to obtain independent legal advice, and assists our clients in making tactical decisions that will have consequences beyond the sphere of the criminal justice system.
Mr. Ayers is also available for private consultations on immigration matters. On a select basis, he also handles personal injury claims. His law practice is independent from the firm PLPC, and clients seeking advice from Mr. Ayers should contact him directly at 1-819-598-1355.