United States Fourth Circuit

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Gonzalez v. Sessions, 17-1519

Petition granted; reversed and remanded the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals which had found that payment of court costs qualified as a conviction under the Immigration and Naturalization Act. Plaintiff entered the US illegally and then several years later pled guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana charge where the court withheld adjudication of guilt and assessed $100 in court costs. The Fourth Circuit held that the assessment of court costs was not a punishment and therefore there was not a conviction.

Appellate Information

  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2018/06/28


  • Wynn


  • United States Fourth Circuit


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