There is a large population of immigrants in the South Bay area, both documented and undocumented. Currently the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have implemented a policy to seek out, detain and remove aliens with criminal convictions.
In the event you have suffered a conviction that is being used against you in deportation proceedings, it is possible to file a "motion to vacate the judgment of conviction." It is not a simple process, and is discretionary with the court, but in the event adequate grounds exist it can be a lifesaver.
My office has had much success in filing such motions. In the event you are facing deportation, or wish to take steps to help avoid deportation in the future, or want to clear the way to obtaining legal status, don't hesitate to contact my office at your earliest convenience.