This Note argues that attorneys have an affirmative duty to inform defendants of the immigration ramifications of guilty please. Part I analyzes the general test for ineffective assistance of counsel, the rules and standards related to guilty please and the overlap between criminal law and immigration law. Part II examines the split of authority in the lower courts over whether misinforming or failing to inform defendants about immigration reprecussions should result in reversal of guilty pleas. Part III argues that attorneys have a duty to inform aliens of the deportation possibilities of guilty pleas.
Weakness of the Collateral Consequences Doctrine: Counsel's Duty to Inform Aliens of the Deportation Consequences of Guilty Pleas,
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