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Case No. 19-0853

Lorenzo Quintanar
v.
State of Iowa

Appellant

Lorenzo Quintanar

Appellee

State of Iowa

Attorneys for Appellant

John Audlehelm

Attorneys for Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-0853
Date Published:
Nov 04, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Robert B. Hanson, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and May and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (4 pages)

            Lorenzo Quintanar appeals from the district court ruling denying his application for postconviction relief.  He challenges the district court’s decision regarding retroactive application of the federal and state case law relating to the obligation of counsel to advise a client of immigration consequences of a guilty plea.  OPINION HOLDS: Quintanar failed to convince the district court, as the fact-finder, that his trial counsel had not advised him of the immigration consequences of his guilty plea.  Because Quintanar does not challenge the factual and legal conclusions that are dispositive on the merits, the district court’s ruling must be affirmed. 

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