International Criminal Law
Chris is an expert consultant to International Bridges to Justice, an international organization devoted to indigent defense in developing countries throughout Asia and Africa. He also handled many cases concerning the interplay between U.S. and foreign criminal law and procedure, including import-export fraud, theft of government property in Iraq, smuggling offenses, asylum related matters, and many drug offenses originating in foreign countries. In 2014, Chris in conjuction with Nassau Bahamas attorney Christina Galanos, and Alexandria lawyers Joni Robin and Carey Citronberg, started The Caribbean Project to defend American’s charged with crimes in the Caribbean. The Law Office of Chris Lebig is a member of the Caribbean Bar Association and associates with Mrs Galanos and other prominent Caribbean attorneys to help American’s arrested abroad.
The philosophy of the firm is that any non-citizen charged with or being investigated for a crime needs the opportunity to consult with an immigration lawyer, and not just a criminal defense attorney who understands the basics of immigration law. If a client of the firm has his or her own immigration lawyer, the firm works with that lawyer to ensure that any decisions take immigration consequences into account. If clients do not have their own immigration lawyer, every non-citizen client of the firm has the opportunity to consult with consults with one of a number of immigration lawyers as part of the fee paid.
Chris studied forensic psychology at the George Washington University School of Forensic Science in 2001, and has handled many serious felony cases where mental health issues played a significant role in the defense. Quite often, sex offenses, internet sex crimes, domestic violence, and other violent crimes occur because of long-standing, and sometimes undiagnosed, mental health problems. Even relatively well understood issues like depression can be the catalyst for uncharacteristic behavior that winds up threatening a person’s freedom. In all such cases, with the consent of the client, Chris works with one of a group of credible mental health experts to explore and be able to explain why these conditions are often substantially mitigating factors.
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