Pleading guilty to certain offenses may lead to deportation.

When pleading guilty the accused faces collateral consequences including deportation. In this case a guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute “Ecstacy” triggered deportation. The Defendant was born in South Korea but has lived in the U.S. since Childhood. The Court ruled he received ineffective assistance of counsel and the case is remanded for a new trial. Justice Roberts opined
“Mr. Lee…“would have rejected any plea leading to deportation — even if it shaved off prison time — in favor of throwing a ‘Hail Mary’ at trial.”

The Supreme Court ruled on Friday in favor of Jae Lee, who sought to go to trial after his lawyer had falsely told him that pleading guilty to a drug charge would not lead to deportation.|By Adam Liptak

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