The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the firm’s client, vacating his guilty plea. In the district court, the government filed an information pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 851, alleging that the defendant’s three prior state-law convictions were “felony drug offenses” under 21 U.S.C. 841, such that the defendant faced a mandatory minimum of life in prison. The Seventh Circuit concluded that, because at least two of the defendant’s prior convictions did not qualify as “felony drug offenses,” the plea agreement was not entered into knowingly and intelligently.
Vanessa Eisenmann and Michelle Jacobs represented the defendant on appeal, and Eisenmann presented oral argument. The firm now has 16 criminal-defense victories in the Seventh Circuit since opening in 2013.
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Practice areas: Appellate, Criminal Defense.