Highly Skilled Post-Conviction Relief Representation

Did you accept a plea agreement that you should not have? Was it only after the fact that you understood key elements of the agreement and how bad they were for you?

Having signed the agreement does not preclude you from being able to take action to fight for a better deal later. We can help you understand all of your post-conviction relief options under Rule 32 of the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure.

How Post-Conviction Relief Differs From An Appeal

Post-conviction relief is available to those who have entered into plea agreements or who have been convicted at trial, appealed and lost the appeal. An appeal is a form of relief that is only available to rectify the outcome of a trial.

Common issues that can serve as the basis for post-conviction relief (PCR) include:

  • Discovery of new exculpatory evidence
  • Ineffective assistance of counsel

Motions To Set Aside

In many states, when people want to put their criminal record behind them, they can petition the court for an expungement. In Arizona, we have no such option. But a motion to set aside does allow a judge to place a notation that since the time of the conviction, he or she has found good cause to vacate the judgment.

Motions To Terminate Lifetime Probation

Another option we have that can help people move forward with their lives is a motion to terminate lifetime probation. For those who have lived under probation, there is little doubt as to the stress and difficulties it can create. No one wants to spend the rest of their life thinking they are one mistake away from being returned to prison for a probation violation.

We Are Never Outworked

At the Nolan Law Firm, attorney Cari McConeghy Nolan is a former Unit Chief in the Criminal Appeals Section of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. While serving in that role, she supervised appellate attorneys. She has briefed cases all the way to the United States Supreme Court, has numerous published opinions in the State of Arizona, and has appeared on numerous occasions before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. That knowledge of how appeals and post-conviction relief work

Post-Conviction Relief Lawyers Serving Mesa And Throughout Arizona

When you need to fight a plea agreement you never should have agreed to or a wrongful conviction, turn to the Nolan Law Firm. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our attorneys, call 480-359-3457 or contact us online.