Certainly someone familiar with criminal appeals might be able to help.
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A lawyer experienced with appeals or probation/parole.
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Contact a criminal defense attorney, specifically one who handles appeals or post-conviction relief and who has experience in dealing with the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency.
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If he was guilty by plea agreement, then he has ONLY 90 days from the date of sentencing to file a petition for post conviction relief. The bailiff will have given him a document at sentencing with information about this. He does not have a right to direct appeal if he accepted a guilty plea, only a right to "post conviction relief." Talk to a criminal defense lawyer who handles "post conviction relief" or as they say, PCR cases.
If he was guilty by jury verdict, then he has a right to file a direct appeal. But he has ONLY 20 days from the date of his sentencing. Contact a criminal defense lawyer who handles criminal appeals as soon as possible.
Whether this is a "post conviction relief" or a direct appeal case, the Court will appoint a lawyer to help him. The lawyers who are appointed work on a contractual basis with the state, and they typically have a lot of experience in doing Appeals and PCR claims. You are also free to hire your own attorney if you can afford to.
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Mr. Knost's answer --- as always ---- is excellent. You want to find an attorney who does criminal appeals. Good luck.
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