A motion for modification of sentence can always be brought if there are new circumstances, or new evidence not available at the time of sentencing.
Your fiancé has 30 days to file an appeal and 60 days to file a motion to modify his sentence. If you're within these time frames then I suggest you act quickly or he may lose the opportunity to do something about his sentences.
As a lawyer who's appeared before every judge in that circuit, I would caution you about pursuing this course of conduct with someone unfamiliar with the court.
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You need to have the case reviewed by a new criminal defense attorney ASAP to see what, if any, post judgment motions can be made to alter or amend the original sentence. Each state has time limits in which to act. Act immediately.
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The short answer, probably not. One has nothing to do with the other. If he was sentenced after plea, he can motion to withdraw plea but would have to present legal reasons why he should be allowed to withdraw his plea. The court looks at things like whether the plea was voluntary and knowingly made. Dissatisfaction with the sentence, especially in a negotiated plea is unlikely to work. Within 30 days of sentencing your fiancé' can appeal the judgement and sentence of the court. Again, you will need to show valid legal reasons to get a do-over. [If he is beyond 30 days of sentencing, he can try to file a motion for belated appeal to win the right to file an appeal].
Two US Supreme Court cases that were decided in March 2012 may or may not be helpful to you:
Lafler v. Cooper, ––– U.S. ––––, 132 S.Ct. 1376, 182 L.Ed.2d 398 (2012) (www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/10-209.pdf)
In Cooper, the petitioner's trial counsel advised him to reject a plea offer of 51 to 85 months in prison made by the State and advised him to proceed to trial. 132 S.Ct. at 1383. The petitioner was convicted at trial and received a mandatory minimum sentence of 185 to 360 months in prison. Id. The parties conceded that counsel's actions were deficient. Id. at 1391. The Court held that the petitioner was prejudiced by counsel's advice and held that the proper remedy was to order the State to re-offer the same plea agreement. Id. at 1391. (citing Perez-Ortiz v. Sec'y, Dept. of Corr., 6:11-CV-188-ORL-31, 2012 WL 2285058 (M.D. Fla. 2012))
Missouri v. Frye, ––– U.S. ––––, 132 S.Ct. 1399, 182 L.Ed.2d 379 (2012) (www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/10-444.pdf)
In Frye, the Court held that (1) defense counsel has a duty to communicate formal offers from the prosecutor that may be favorable to the accused; and (2) defense counsel acted deficiently when he allowed a formal plea offer to expire without advising the defendant of the offer or allowing him to consider it. 132 S.Ct. at 1408. The Court found that the prejudice inquiry required it to look not at whether the petitioner would have proceeded to trial absent the ineffective assistance, but whether he would have accepted a more favorable plea offer. Id. at 1410. (citing Perez-Ortiz v. Sec'y, Dept. of Corr., 6:11-CV-188-ORL-31, 2012 WL 2285058 (M.D. Fla. 2012))
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