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Defense didn’t review immigration consequences of taking plea

A Fairfax County judge has overturned a woman’s shoplifting conviction in a decision that highlights a defense lawyer’s obligation to understand the immigration consequences of a criminal plea deal. As a result of an ill-advised plea agreement, a one-time lawful resident faced possible removal proceedings that could separate her from her 8-year-old child. Circuit Judge Stephen ...