September 12, 2017 Top Story

Attorney’s Blunder Results in Client’s Detainment for Deportation

Bungling details early in a case can cause irreparable consequences

Catherine M. Chiccine

A recent appellate decision highlights the onerous cost that criminal laws may exact on defendants, as well as the major consequences a seemingly small error can impart later in a case.

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In United States v. Swaby, defense counsel’s misreading of a statute led to the defendant’s detainment for deportation as an aggravated felon. Swaby warns attorneys of the irreparable repercussions their mistakes can have on their clients, cautions ABA Section of Litigation leaders.

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