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People v. Patterson, 225193

In an appeal brought by a criminal defendant seeking, who, after pleading guilty to a drug possession charge, learned that the plea rendered him subject to mandatory deportation, seeks to withdraw his guilty plea under Penal Code section 1018 on grounds of mistake or ignorance, the Court of Appeals' denial of the motion to withdraw the plea is reversed where the receipt of the standard statutory advisement that a criminal conviction 'may' have adverse immigration consequences, Pen. Code section 1016.5, does not bar a noncitizen defendant from seeking to withdraw a guilty plea on that basis.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2017/03/27




  • Supreme Court of California


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