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New Mexico Court of Appeals on Padilla Retroactivity: State v. Ramirez

"Martin Ramirez, a/k/a Richard Sanchez, (Petitioner) appeals the district court's denial of his writ of coram nobis, which sought to vacate Petitioner's twelve-year-old conviction due to ineffective assistance of counsel under State v. Paredez, 2004 NMSC 36, 136 N.M. 533, 101 P.3d 799. Paredez...

New Mexico Supreme Court on Chaidez: Ramirez v. State

"In State v. Paredez, 2004-NMSC-036, ¶ 19, 136 N.M. 533, 101 P.3d 799, we held that a criminal defense attorney who represents a noncitizen client “must advise that client of the specific immigration consequences of pleading guilty” to pending charges. An attorney’s failure...

NM SUPREME COURT: PADILLA APPLIES RETROACTIVELY

"In an important decision, the New Mexico Supreme Court held that Padilla v. Kentucky , 559 U.S. 356 (2010), applies retroactively to 1990. Ramirez v. State , No. 33,604, slip op. (N.M. June 19, 2014). The court’s decision departs from the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Chaidez v. United...

N.M. Court Tosses Old Pot Conviction Due To Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

"The order was short, but for Martin Ramirez, very sweet. After years of litigation that took his case to the New Mexico Supreme Court, the misdemeanor convictions he acquired over a decade ago – and which made his efforts to become a legal resident virtually impossible – were set aside...