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The lawyer that was court appointed and never spoke to him

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the lawyer that was court appointed and never spoke to him until the day of court. He was able to get a delay and a new lawyer to him that he could get up to 40 yrs and that he should just say "guilty" and he will get less time. He is a diabetic and has very serious ups and downs - they got him to plea guilty - it there any way that he can get the plea reversed due to lack of lawyers, diabetes, fear, and confusion. It is almost as if they bullied him to get the plea. Is this legal and can it be over turned and let him get a fair ability to see this through with a different lawyer?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.
If you can prove he was not coherent and was not able to understand what he was pleading guilty to then that would be a basis to vacate his plea and he would then lose any deal made and would have to go to trial. You can hire him a private attorney, but if you cannot afford one the court will have to appoint him another public defender to represent him in seeking to vacate the plea based on his mental status and also based on the ineffective assistance of counsel you describe above.