The Supreme Court's ruling that lawyers have a constitutional obligation to advise clients of the collateral deportation consequences of a guilty plea in a criminal case could strengthen lawyers' duty to advise clients about serious collateral consequences of guilty pleas in other contexts, such as sex offender status. The decision was applauded by bar leaders who have focused attention on the professional obligation to alert clients about the growing array of consequences that flow from pleading or being found guilty.
High Court Deportation Ruling Sets New Standard for Legal Advice
The National Law Journal
April 1, 2010