Two very different cases, the Jose Padilla case and the "balloon boy" case, cast new light on a legal issue that has been simmering for years: when, whether and how defendants should be informed about the collateral consequences of pleading or being found guilty. A model law tackling the issue will go before the American Bar Association for endorsement in February, and then would be put before state legislators. But the new emphasis on informing defendants about collateral consequences is not without critics.
Do Defendants Get Enough Warning About a Guilty Plea's Consequences?
The National Law Journal
November 23, 2009