A defendant interested in an appeal or post-conviction proceedings as to a conviction that has already been sustained should consult with the attorney who originally handled the case, or with another local attorney, to best determine any grounds for such actions. Appellate and post-conviction practice is a very technical area of law with many important deadlines and other considerations, and a general discussion forum cannot adequately address possible claims. However, it does seem unlikely that missed court appearances will be grounds for a successful challenge, especially if the defendant later entered a plea of guilty. Good luck, and please consult confidentially with a local attorney for specific advice on a specific case.
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What you found is not on the record so unless you can include it in a speedy trial motion it can not be raised on appeal and would have to be raised in a CPL 440 motion. However, it sounds highly speculative.
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I don't see how that would benefit you on appeal. A judge had to grant any continuances that were granted in the case. Debtors rarely attend Bankruptcy Court anyway. If you are hoping for a successful appeal, you will need something better than this by a long shot. What exactly finds you in Federal Court?
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On appeal, you can only raise issues contained in the record. There is no record in the lower court of the bankruptcy issue so it can't be raised on appeal. In addition, it seems unlikely that it would help you anyway.l How would the proceeding have been different had you known that the officer was dealing with a bankruptcy? It may be that he was injured and had a bankruptcy. He was not unavailable for four months because of a bankruptcy. Even if he was, that is not a basis to attack his credibility.
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