February 24, 2011 – Assault conviction vacated with a petition for Coram Nobis relief

Facts: In 2009, a non-citizen defendant pled guilty to the Maryland offense of second degree assault even though he did not have a lawyer. He was sentenced to 18 months incarceration, all suspended, and placed on probation for one year. ICE placed him in 238(b) administrative removal proceedings. He was on the fast track out of the country. His wife called the firm for help.

The firm’s representation: The firm reviewed his criminal case and discovered that our client did not intelligently, knowingly, and voluntarily waive his right to counsel. The firm filed a Writ of Error Coram Nobis.

Outcome: On February 24, 2011, our client’s conviction was vacated. The firm is handling our client’s immigration proceedings, which are still pending.