May 11, 2011 – Coram Nobis relief denied, appeal in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals pending

Facts: In 2010, a non-citizen defendant pled guilty conspiracy to commit robbery and received a sentence of exactly one year of incarceration. After he finished his term of incarceration, he was picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. His family contacted the firm for help.

The firm’s representation: The firm reviewed his criminal case and discovered that our client had received incorrect information concerning the immigration consequences of his plea. The firm filed a Petition for a Writ of Error Coram Nobis.

Outcome: On May 11, 2011, the Circuit Court denied the coram nobis without a hearing. The firm appealed the decision to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals claiming the Circuit Court violated the client’s due process rights because the Circuit Court could not have resolved the claims raised in the coram nobis petition without a hearing. The appeal in the Court of Special Appeals remain pending.