When I pleaded guilty I was not represented by an attorney. I want to reopen this case.
Your options for legal counsel should have been explained to you the first time you appeared in District Court. You can: (a) represent yourself; (b) hire your own lawyer; or (c) apply for a public defender.
It is nearly impossible to reopen a case. If it has been less than five days, go immediately to the clerk of courts in the county you were convicted in and ask to file an appeal. An appeal will be a "do-over" in Superior Court.
If it has been more than 5 days, you may want to go to the clerk's office and ask to see your "shuck" - your court papers. If there is no signed waiver, you will have a better chance of re-opening the case since it will be evidence that you were not made aware of your legal rights.
If you signed a waiver, and 5 days have passed, it will be a VERY difficult battle.
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It depends how much time has passed since the case has been closed. Even if you filed a motion to withdraw the plea and vacate the sentence, unless the judge failed to advise that you were giving up the right to an attorney (as well as your other rights) or failed to provide a proper plea colloquy, then it is unlikely that the case will be reopened.
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