I pled guilty to a ClassA felony at age 12, is there any way to lower the charge 6 years later?

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I pled guilty to a ClassA felony at age 12, is there any way to lower the charge 6 years later?

Any help would be much appreciated. I was 12 and had a court appointed attorney who knew little about law; the judges aid even thought my charge would be considerably less than a Class A felony. I completed all treatment and required probation.

Asked on February 9, 2011 under Criminal Law, Washington

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Oh my goodness.  That is unbelievable.  Listen, you need to go and speak with a rel attorney in this matter.  Every state should have in its criminal procedure laws a statute that allows for an attorney to make a motion at any time regarding a matter if there has been some injustice - like ineffective counsel. In New York it is known as a 440 motion.  I am not familiar with what it would be in Washington State.  But you need to find out and you need to do so soon.  Your life is just beginning.  You do not need this hanging over your head.  It will follow you the rest of your life.  Good luck to you.


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