United States v. Soto-Mateo, No. 13-2031 (1st Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Appellant, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, was convicted of illegal reentry into the United States as a previously removed alien. On appeal, Appellant moved to dismiss the indictment on the ground that the underlying order of removal was invalid. The district court refused to dismiss the indictment, ruling that Appellant had not exhausted his administrative remedies and, thus, could not collaterally attack the underlying removal order. Appellant subsequently entered a conditional guilty plea, preserving the right to appeal the denial of his motion to dismiss. The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s order denying Appellant’s motion to dismiss his indictment, holding that because Appellant did not exhaust his administrative remedies in connection with the underlying removal, he could not collaterally attack that removal in his criminal case.