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Can I appeal if I pleaded guilty or nolo contendere?
Generally, no. If your conviction was based on your plea of guilty or nolo contendere and your offense was committed after December 27, 1994, you should not file a claim of appeal. By court rule, the Court of Appeals does not have jurisdiction when a claim of appeal is filed in a criminal case where the conviction was based on a plea. MCR 7.203(A)(1)(b). The Court of Appeals will dismiss a claim filed in those circumstances. An appeal must be filed as an application.
We are Experienced Appellate Lawyers
We handle challenging, high-stakes problems that can only be resolved in our highest courts.
Our appellate courts exist because judges and juries are not infallible. If you believe that a judge or a jury made a mistake in your case, we may be able to help you. That is, upon review of your case, we may be able to help secure a reduced sentence; a new trial; a remand; a record expungement; or, improve the outcome of your case in some other way.
Please note well that, as Christian attorneys, you can rest assured that if we think that you do not have grounds for an appeal, we will tell you.
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