George A. Terezakis

George A. Terezakis: Attorney with Terezakis Law Firm
  • Principal at Terezakis Law Firm
  • The Benchmark Building, 170 Old Country Road, Suite 508, Mineola, NY 11501
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Biography

I have been a practicing trial lawyer for over twenty-five years now. I have chosen to limit my practice, almost exclusively, to criminal and immigration related matters. Many of my clients are long term lawful permanent residents who are trying to avoid deportation-removal due to a criminal conviction. I also defend many non-citizens facing criminal charges in the New York State Courts in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties.
Because I am well versed in immigration law, I can advise my client of the direct immigration consequences of a proposed plea bargain. It is also important for them to know when they will need to go to trial if they wish to try to avoid being deported. Unfortunately, non-citizens often plead guilty without fully understanding how their guilty plea will impact them, for example, not only can certain convictions result in deportation-removal, but the conviction may also subject the person to indefinite immigration detention while their proceedings are pending. I frequently lecture on this area of the law at continuing legal education seminars, and other lawyers routinely contact me to discuss strategies for handling these difficult types of cases.
While most of my cases involve defense at the trial level, before the U.S. Immigration Courts, and New York State Criminal Courts, I also handle appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals, petitions for review before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, and Federal habeas corpus proceedings - all related to deportation-removal issues. Some of the cases I have litigated have resulted in favorable decisions which have not only helped my clients, but have also benefited other, similarly situated, individuals.
Sometimes the only way a long term resident of the U.S. can avoid deportation-removal, is to vacate or reopen the underlying conviction which has caused them to be placed in proceedings. We have been able to do this for many of our clients, especially in cases where the client pled guilty to a charge without having been told by their attorney that their guilty plea would render them deportable-removable.
I am proud to say that I was active in the Central American human rights movement during the 1980's and early 1990's, and during that time I did volunteer work with one of the leading human rights groups in El Salvador. As a result of that work, I learned Spanish, and today many of my clients are from that part of the world. The best part of the work I do is helping people through difficult times, finding them a "second chance", and keeping families together..

Areas of Practice (26)

  • Deportation-Removal Defense
  • Criminal Defense
  • Traffic Violations
  • Litigation
  • Immigration Law
  • Drivers License Suspension
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Post-Conviction Remedies
  • Sexual Assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft
  • Weapons Charges
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Asylum
  • Citizenship
  • Consular Law
  • Family Immigration Law
  • Permanent Visas
  • Political Asylum
  • Removal Proceedings
  • Visas
  • BIA Appeals
  • Federal Appeals
  • Padilla Advisals

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
516-742-3838  Phone
516-742-3399  Fax
www.nassaudefender.com
University Attended:
State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., 1982, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Law School Attended:
State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., 1985
Year of First Admission:
1986
Admission:
1993, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; 2003, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1986, New York
Memberships:
New York City, Suffolk County, Nassau County and New York State (Member, Executive Committee: Criminal Justice Section, 2005-2007) Bar Associations; Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association (Vice President, 2002-2003; President, 2003-2004; Officer-Director, 1998-2005, Practitioner of the Year 2013); New York County Lawyers Association; Federal Bar Council; American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); Federal Bar Association - Immigration Law Section ( Member, on Board of Directors);National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; National Lawyers Guild.; Nassau County Bar Association (Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2011); New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL) - Former Member of Board of Directors..
Languages:
Spanish and Greek
Birth Information:
Yonkers, New York, 1959
Reported Cases:
Dickson vs. Ashcroft, 236 F.3d 44 (2nd Cir. 2003); Matter of Jurado, 24 I & N. Dec 29 (BIA 2007).
ISLN:
903209487
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover

Peer Reviews

  • 4.8/5.0 (1 review)
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Mineola, New York

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