People v. Moore, 2020–00585

CourtNew York Supreme Court Appellate Division
Citation203 A.D.3d 953,163 N.Y.S.3d 618
Docket Number2020–00585,Ind. No. 771/19
Parties The PEOPLE, etc., respondent, v. Kemar MOORE, appellant.
Decision Date16 March 2022

203 A.D.3d 953
163 N.Y.S.3d 618

The PEOPLE, etc., respondent,
Kemar MOORE, appellant.

No. 771/19

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.

Argued—February 14, 2022
March 16, 2022

163 N.Y.S.3d 619

Stacy E. Albin–Leone, Long Beach, NY, for appellant.

Anne T. Donnelly, District Attorney, Mineola, NY (Monica M.C. Leiter and Andrew Fukuda of counsel), for respondent.



Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Nassau County (Robert A. Schwartz, J.), rendered December 6, 2019, convicting him of attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, upon his plea of guilty, and imposing sentence.

ORDERED that the matter is remitted to the Supreme Court, Nassau County, to afford the defendant an opportunity to move to vacate his plea of guilty in accordance herewith, and thereafter for a report to this Court limited to the Supreme Court's findings with respect to whether the defendant has moved to vacate his plea of guilty and whether he has established his entitlement to the withdrawal of his plea, and the appeal is held in abeyance pending receipt of the Supreme Court's report, which shall be filed with all convenient speed.

The defendant contends that he was denied due process of law because he is not a United States citizen and, as the People concede, the Supreme Court failed to warn him of the possible deportation consequences of his guilty plea in violation of ( People v. Peque, 22 N.Y.3d 168, 980 N.Y.S.2d 280, 3 N.E.3d 617 ) (see People v. Ulanov, 188 A.D.3d 1271, 132 N.Y.S.3d 812 ; People v. Arana, 179 A.D.3d 826, 113 N.Y.S.3d 893 ; People v. Mohamed, 171 A.D.3d 796, 97 N.Y.S.3d 188 ).

"A defendant seeking to vacate a plea based on this failure must demonstrate that there is a ‘reasonable probability’ that he or she would not have entered a plea of guilty and would instead have gone to trial had the court warned of the possibility of deportation" ( People v....

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