Our case is about to file the initial briefs by the end of this month. We are trying to play the safest options here. We did not goto trial, rather entered a No Contest plea to the judge & she handed down the sentence the day at sentencing. Our Trial attorney did his "part" & then left our case, but before we detained him he filed our case to be on appeal & now we have a Public Defender about to handle our "appeal". We do NOT want to goto trial or withdrawal his plea or pursue the risk of his sentence to be heightened, Would pursuing with this appeal risk the defendants sentence to be heightened? would it make us demand a retrial?****I can't make a decision on the best answer Mr. Trabin & Joshua Sachs both have the best answer, Thankyou!