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How to reopen or appeal a case?

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I was convicted of stalking and harassment 2 years ago . I was under the influence of PCP when I was arrested and incoherent when I was sentenced 1 - 23 months in jail . Now , about 2 years later I'm doing very well and have been clean since . My 12 month drug binge left me unable to represent myself in court and the judge buried me . I feel that harassment over the phone wasn't stalking , and I was made an example of by the court . My public defender just let me run my mouth , and say anything I wanted unannounced to the sober me . I know I can wait ten years to petition , but is there anything else I can do ?

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  1. Best answer

    Unless you have new evidence that was not discoverable at the time of your plea, all time tables to appeal or otherwise challenge what occurred have expired. At a future time you can attempt to petition for a pardon.

  2. Your question is not very clear, but there does not appear to be anything you can do a this point-two years later. Maybe I of my colleagues will have a suggestion for you. I also don't know what petition you think you can file after ten years.

  3. I’m not certain from where the ten year timetable is derived. If you are trying to file a petition for post conviction relief, you generally have one year from the date of judgment. Appeals are often shorter, normally 30 days from the Final Order.
    Stew Crawford, Jr., Esq.

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  4. You have missed the deadlines to appeal or file for reconsideration. Congratulations on rehabilitating yourself. Keep up the good work.

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