Dismissal Required Where Client Did Not Understand Nature of the Offense To Which He Was Pleading

On March 10, 2020, the Appellate Term, First Department reversed CAL client A.B.’s conviction for a violation of Public Health Law 229. The Court concluded that the record failed to establish that A.B.’s plea was knowing, intelligent, and voluntary. The Court dismissed the accusatory instrument and ordered A.B.’s fine remitted. CAL Law Graduate Kyleen Breslin represented A.B. on appeal.