Markis Guzman Free To Become Naturalized Citizen After 9 Month ICE Battle
- Posted on: Mar 6 2018
The long odyssey of Cohen Forman Barone’s client Markis Guzman Rosario has come to an end. ICE initially detained Mr. Guzman in 2014 for a prior aggravated felony drug conviction from 2005.
After spending 9 months in immigration detention, and facing mandatory deportation as result of the conviction, the attorneys at Cohen Forman Barone filed a motion to vacate Mr. Guzman’s conviction based on ineffective assistance of counsel. Judge Susan Melendez granted the motion in New York City Criminal Court, Queens County. The Queens County District Attorney’s Office appealed the decision, however the Appellate Division sided with Mr. Guzman.
On February 28, 2017, the case was dismissed and sealed. Mr. Guzman, whose deportation was imminent a short while ago, is now free to pursue his desire to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.