I don't know about misrepresentation but those are appealable issues.
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These sound like issues of fact and tactical decisions by the lawyer. Usually, these are not grounds for an appeal. Discuss these issues with the appeals lawyer.
The lawye was right to keep you out of the courtroom if there was a chance he would call you as a witness. Witnesses often give inconsistent statements. It is up to a jury what to believe. Did the Judge give a lost evidence charge? An appellate lawyer would have to read the transcript to see if claim can be made that the trial lawyer was inefffective.
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What you seem to be asking is if you have an ineffective assistance of counsel claim. As the other attorney stated, get the transcript. Since he had a public defender he can probably get the transcript for free. Ask the public defender if he can appeal it and talk to another attorney about his rights on appeal immediately because time is running.
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A conviction can be vacated on post-trial motion, appeal or collateral review upon a successful showing of constitutionally ineffective assistance of counsel. Such a showing is very, very difficult to make with any chance of success. The allegations you recite in your posting probably won't even come close, but much depends on the details of the case. Consult an attorney familiar with New York criminal appellate and collateral practice.