March 28, 2012 – Paraphernalia conviction vacated upon the filing of a Coram Nobis petition, TPS reinstated

Facts: In 1999, a non-citizen defendant was convicted at trial of the Maryland offense of possession of paraphernalia. He was not represented by an attorney. This conviction caused him to lose his Temporary Protected Status (TPS). He contacted the firm for help.

The firm’s representation: The firm reviewed our client’s case and and filed a Writ of Error Coram Nobis based on a lack of counsel and lack of appointed counsel

Outcome: On December 1, 2010, our client’s conviction was vacated, three months after the firm filed the writ. Several months later, the firm filed a motion to reopen our client’s TPS. On March 28, 2012, the motion was granted and our client received TPS and a work authorization.