May 28, 2012 – Petition for Post-Conviction relief denied, appeal in the Maryland Court of Special Appeal pending

Facts: In 2010, a non-citizen defendant pled guilty to attempted distribution of CDS in the Maryland Circuit Court. He was sentenced to 18 months incarceration, with all but 9 months suspended. 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 Post-Conviction Relief.

Outcome: On March 8, 2012, after a lengthy hearing, the petition was denied. Subsequently, the firm filed an Application for Leave to Appeal in the Court of Special Appeals, which remains pending.