petty theft exception for illegal immigrant

Boyfriend pleade guilty to one charge of theft under $100. Maximum sentence is less than one year in MD I believe. He is an illegal immigrant with no papers of any kind. Would it be possible for him to get the petty theft exception or is it pretty much a lost cause. ICE is picking him up from the jail and then I’m not sure what will happen after that. Will he need another lawyer?

By Brian D. Lerner, Immigration Attorney