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Case No. 19-0853

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Lorenzo Quintanar
State of Iowa


Lorenzo Quintanar


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

John Audlehelm

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 04, 2020

            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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