NO. Appeals from Ulster County Court are handled by the Appellate Division, Third Department, in Albany, and will be considered by a panel of 5 judges. If the offer was 3 1/2, and Judge Williams rejected it, your son did not have to take the deal--he could have gone to trial. If he accepted the deal, there is not much to appeal, especially if the plea included a waiver of appeal. This sounds like "buyer's remorse," but there is usually no undoing a plea after the fact.
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No. The Appellate Division hears cases in panels of Judges. This is a higher level court.
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An appeal from the County Court is heard by the Appellate Division. If the Judge rejected the DA's recommended sentence your son's choice was to reject the plea and continue to defend against the charges. Absent an appliction to withdraw his plea, he will not be able to argue that he didn't get the deal he expected or was promised.
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