DUI conviction from 1999 reopened for immigrant client in Gwinnett Recorder's Court; now he can fight to stay in the United States

Immigrant client pleaded guilty to DUI in 1999 in Gwinnett Recorder's Court after being stopped at a roadblock. He wasn't represented by an attorney and wasn't told about his rights--they told him to sign the paper, pay the fine, and the case will be resolved. But because the client does not have lawful status in the United States, the DUI conviction was preventing him from being able to stay in the US.

Attorney Locke was able to work with the Solicitor General's Office to come up with a creative solution. The prosecutor consented to reopening the case and allowing the client to plead to reckless driving, thereby allowing him to apply for immigration relief.