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Firm Wins Coram Nobis in Baltimore City

By Justin Brown 8 years agoNo Comments

Coram Nobis — Baltimore City

Federal Criminal Defense Baltimore, Maryland

The firm won a contested coram nobis proceeding in Baltimore City last week. Our client was facing federal prosecution as an Armed Career Criminal. This was because he had three previous convictions for either drug felonies, violent felonies, or a combination of both. As an Armed Career Criminal, the client faced a MANDATORY 15-year sentence.
The firm obtained the records for his old convictions that put him into this precarious position. We discovered that one of the convictions, more than 10 years old, had a constitutional deficiency. When the client pleaded guilty to that offense — for drug distribution — he was not properly advised of his rights. Neither his lawyer nor the Judge properly explained the crime to which he was pleading guilty. As such, the conviction was subject to attack by coram nobis.
After we filed a petition for writ of error coram nobis, the State opposed. The Court ordered a hearing, and at the hearing the State raised numerous defenses, including latches. However, in a written opinion, the Court ruled in our favor, and the conviction was vacated!

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Justin Brown is a trial attorney based in Baltimore, Maryland. He has tried criminal and civil cases in state district court, state circuit court, and the United States District Court for Maryland. He has argued appeals before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the Maryland Court of Appeals and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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