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State of New Jersey v. William Vasquez

November 19, 2012

STATE OF NEW JERSEY, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
WILLIAM VASQUEZ, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.



On appeal from the Superior Court of New Jersey; Law Division, Union County, Indictment No. 06-12-1800.

Per curiam.

NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION

Argued September 25, 2012

Before Judges Yannotti and Hoffman.

Defendant William Vasquez appeals from a February 28, 2011 order denying his petition for post-conviction relief (PCR). We affirm.

Defendant, a native and citizen of El Salvador, came to the United States in 1988 at the age of eight. On October 30, 2006, defendant was arrested in Union, New Jersey for stealing several paintball guns from a department store.

On December 21, 2006, defendant pled guilty to third-degree shoplifting, contrary to N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11. At the plea hearing, the following exchange between defendant and the trial judge took place:

THE COURT: Are you a U.S. citizen? DEFENDANT: No, I'm a resident.

THE COURT: Okay, do you understand there's a chance you may be deported if you plead guilty?

DEFENDANT: No.

THE COURT: Well, there is. Do you want to plead guilty knowing that?

DEFENDANT: What?

THE COURT: Do you want to plead guilty knowing that you could be deported? DEFENDANT: So even if I'm a ...


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