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In 1994, Terry Golding, a lawful permanent resident of the United States since 1989, pled guilty to the misdemeanor offenses of driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of a firearm. Shortly after the United States Supreme Court decided Padilla v. Kentucky, 130 S. Ct. 1473 (2010), Golding applied for a writ of habeas corpus, claiming that his 1994 guilty plea was involuntary because his counsel had failed to advise him of the immigration consequences of entering a guilty plea. The trial court granted Golding habeas relief and vacated his conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm. The State presents three issues on appeal, contending that the trial court erred in granting relief because: (1) the doctrine of laches barred Golding’s request for relief; (2) the trial court did not have jurisdiction to grant habeas relief; and (3) Golding failed to show that he received ineffective counsel at the time of his guilty plea. We affirm the order of the trial court.

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