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Domestic abuse survivor exploited by drug trafficker has conviction overturned; case dismissed

June 2017

June 30, 2017, Middlesex County Superior Court case no. 0581CR00739 charging trafficking cocaine over 14 grams. Police executed a search warrant at client's home, seizing cocaine and cash. Client retained prior counsel, who advised her to plead guilty to reduced indictment. Client has resided in the U.S. since age 7, is now a mother of two, college graduate, working in health care. Client learns that her conviction subjects her to mandatory deportation for life. Client retains our office for help. Our investigation reveals that our client is a domestic abuse survivor. At age 14, she begins a relationship with a much older man who exploits her in furtherance of his drug operation. He directs client to take full responsibility for the drugs, allowing him to escape punishment. We file a motion bringing this history to the court's attention, following which the Court vacates her conviction, following which, on June 30, 2017, the government agrees to dismiss all charges.

Practice area(s): Appeals, Construction / Development, Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence, Immigration

Murat Erkan

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