United States v. Yi

Non-citizen charged with serious federal narcotics charge (21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(B)) which carried five year minimum sentence and automatic deportation, ultimately permitted to plead to a non-deportable Travel Act charge and received a 30 month sentence – without cooperating with the government. Prior counsel’s unethical and possibly illegal simultaneous representation of cooperating witness against our client used to garner the lower deal and save our client from being sent to a country he had not traveled back to since age 2. Prior counsel had recommended that client cooperate with the government and, if deported, to sneak back into the United States.