Should I consult a criminal defense lawyer about Arizona Rule 32?
If you have been convicted of a crime in Phoenix and feel that your sentencing was not appropriate or mistakes were made during the trial, you may be wondering if Arizona Rule 32 applies to you. Because Rule 32 proceedings can be very complicated, it is important to speak with a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer for answers about your specific case. In general, however, you should be aware that:
- Rule 32 is not the same as an appeal. You can actually petition under Rule 32 even if you have applied for an appeal that was denied.
- You have a limited amount of time to start Arizona Rule 32 proceedings. The timeline is very strict. If you miss a deadline, you will be unable to pursue Rule 32 proceedings.
- Rule 32 proceedings can correct errors. Many people believe that Rule 32 post-conviction relief is only used to reduce a sentence; however, it also is used to correct errors made during the trial or the sentencing.
Arizona Rule 32 proceedings can be very complicated. You will need to be aware of deadlines and requirements, and you will need to go in with a strong case. Contact one of our friendly Tempe criminal defense lawyers today at 1-888-929-5292 for a completely free consultation. For more information, you also can request a free copy of our book, Arizona Criminal Law – What You Must Know.