I recently discovered a 3 witnesses, phone records, and took a polygraph to show I didn't commit the assault I was accused of. I did however plea no contest after waiting (16) months for a trial, I simply ran out of money to fight. I cannot afford post conviction counsel either..
It would absolutely be improper to write the judge. If you have already been convicted (based on a plea or otherwise) a letter from you to the judge or DA is not going to change that. Since a plea is voluntary in the eyes of the law, you really can't unring that bell.
However, I am going to reclassify this question as a criminal defense question as it is not really an ethics/professional responsibility question. A criminal defense attorney may know of an option.
A few things here... you should not write a letter to the judge as it would be improper and will do no good. A passed polygraph will do no good either as it is inadmissible and doesn't really prove anything.
If you have newly discovered evidence that you believes poves your innocence you should apply for a court-appointed appellate attorney or contact the innocence project.
It is NEVER a good idea to write the judge nor the prosecutor. They are not on your side. The judge won't even read your letter. You admitted guilt. Game over.
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Your best bet is to keep your evidence for your appeal. Then seek counsel to appeal your case.
Either way you should never plead guilty to a crime you have not committed. Worst case, if you can't afford representation, the court will appoint you a lawyer.
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