Had 3 charges was told if I didn’t take take plea then they would ask for more time upstairs in high court
Criminal law has its own statutes, and rules of procedure. Those lawyers who do civil law are often not versed sufficiently in these matters. It is essential in any criminal matter that a criminal defense lawyer be retained to deal with the government and its lawyers.
This question is being directed to the criminal defense section of this service.
If you wish to try to reverse your plea of guilty, nolo contendere/no contest, or Alford, you should immediately consult with a qualified lawyer on the matter. While it is not guaranteed that you will be granted any request to withdraw your plea, the longer you wait to seek such relief, the more remote might be your ability to be able to withdraw your plea.
Moreover, you seem to be saying that your plea was in Virginia District Court. If so, unless you waived your right to appeal, your appeal deadline and procedure are strict and unforgiving, which is another reason that it is essential that you consult with a qualified lawyer right away on the matter. Any delay by you in consulting privately with a lawyer does not count in your favor for any delay in seeking any court relief for you.
With the lawyer you consult with, you can address such items as any greater penalty you might face if convicted after appealing or after withdrawing your plea.
Moreover, it is not automatically improper for a prosecutor to honestly threaten seeking more jail time in the absence of a plea deal.
All the best to you.
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