If I signed away my rights and am now being sentenced, what to do??

I was 18 when I got arrested by a police officer for, domestic violence, even though the other person involved said is was all nonsense. They said if I plead guilty it would go away, even though they never really explained what that meant, they gave told me to take classes, which I did, and I have proof I finished, but there was a mix up on my days, and sent my paper work 4 days late, now I’m being sentenced which once again they wouldn’t really explain to me, I asked if I could have a lawyer but they said I signed away my rights to one. I don’t understand what’s going on.

Asked on July 10, 2012 under Criminal Law, Arizona

Answers:

Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you signed something saying you wanted to represent yourself in a criminal matter and were waiving your right to counsel, then the judge should have asked you a series of questions designed to ensure that you understood what you were doing.  You need to confer live with a criminal defense attorney to whom you can show all your paperwork.  There are several in Phoenix who will do initial consultations for free.  Make an appointment to see one of them (or if you are outside the Phoenix area, in the closest city to you).


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