Case Conclusion Date:September 15, 2008
Practice Area:Criminal Defense
Outcome:Order granting withdrawal of plea for legal cause
Description:Client did not have interpreter services at change of plea or sentencing despite unexecuted order appointing interpreter at arraignment. Transcript of change of plea reflected client's incapacity to understand fundamental rights. Charge and sentence bargain contemplated benefits that client never received. Trial court found that client had established ignorance or inadvertence in entering plea, which justified its withdrawal for legal cause under Penal Code section 1018.