You should definitely speak to a lawyer immediately. Let this be a lesson on the pitfalls for those without counsel. This is too broad and serious of an issue to rely on any advice you're given here. My number is 384-8200, and it wouldn't hurt to set up a free consultation to discuss your options.
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Retain a lawyer immediately to address this issue. Your time for filing the appeal may have already expired or may be about to expire.
This is the type of issue which of properly preserved for review by the appellate court will almost always result in a reversal of the trial judge.
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