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Re-Thinking a Bad Plea Bargain—Arizona Rule 32 Post Conviction Relief Lawyer

If you are convicted of a crime in Arizona, it can result in harsh penalties and significantly alter the course of your life.  However, even a criminal conviction in a Tempe court or anywhere in Maricopa County is not necessarily the end of the story in terms of your ability to avoid the harsh consequences of a misdemeanor or felony conviction.  The criminal appeals process in Arizona provides a check on criminal trial judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys to ensure that your constitutional rights were protected and that you were granted a fair trial and an adequate defense.  Arizona law does not permit you to appeal if you plead guilty by entering into a plea agreement or plead no contest.  If you entered the plea agreement, you must seek Rule 32 Post Conviction Relief to challenge your conviction or sentence.

Arizona criminal defense attorney Diane Sullivan has obtained positive outcomes for many people seeking Rule 32 Post Conviction Relief.  Ms. Sullivan has a distinct advantage of having handled Rule 32 Post Conviction matters on both sides of the aisle.  Prior to her becoming a successful Maricopa County criminal defense attorney, she honed her skills as a successful Maricopa County prosecutor. Ms. Sullivan brings her skill, expertise and relationships to Maricopa County prosecutors and judges in developing the strongest possible case for Rule 32 Post Conviction Relief.

While the primary purpose of the Rule 32 proceeding is to challenge the sentencing applied in your case, it may also be used to challenge the underlying conviction.  The most common grounds for challenging a conviction is that you had ineffective assistance of counsel.  Although many applications for rule 32 Post Conviction Relief are filed based on ineffective assistance of counsel each year, few are granted.  The standard for prevailing on an ineffective assistance claim must be not only that your attorney made errors, failed to present evidence or otherwise bungled your case but also that the outcome of your case would have been different had the errors not occurred. This means that if there is evidence that was not presented, it must be provided to the court in detail so the court can determine whether it would have actually impacted the outcome your criminal case.

If you wish to challenge your conviction or sentence after entering into a plea agreement, it is essential that you contact Arizona criminal defense attorney Diane Sullivan immediately because strict timing requirements apply.  Generally, you must file a Notice of PCR within 90 days of your sentencing.  Our experienced post-conviction relief criminal defense team has handled hundreds of criminal cases throughout Maricopa County, including many seeking Rule 32 Post Conviction Relief.  Ms. Sullivan will carefully analyze the court record and transcripts in your case to determine if you have a legitimate claim to challenge your conviction or sentence. 

Experienced Arizona post-conviction relief lawyer Dianne Sullivan can analyze your situation and advise you regarding your prospects of obtaining Rule 32 Post Conviction Relief regardless of where in Maricopa County you were convicted.   Ms. Sullivan provides effective criminal and DUI defense, including post-conviction relief throughout Maricopa County.  Our criminal defense team can handle cases in Mesa, Tempe, Avondale, Goodyear, Glendale, Surprise, Chandler, Scottsdale or any court in Maricopa County, Arizona.  We offer a confidential consultation absolutely free so call us today at 480-284-8740. 


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