Falsely Accused Law Abiding Citizen

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    Falsely Accused Law Abiding Citizen

    On August 13, 2012, in Nashville, 4 police officers apprehended me due to 3 outstanding warrants. The 3 main charges against me were 'Prostitution', 'Criminal Impersonation', and 'Pedestrian Soliciting Rides'. The 3 others were 'Failure To Appear' and 'Evading Arrest'. I plead guilty to evading arrest.

    I never got proper notice of an assigned court date sometime these past 8 months because they sent the documents to the wrong address, an address I have never used on any government or court forms.

    The plaintiff was another woman who used to be homeless I met 4 years ago and have NOT seen her in 2 years. Very shocked she would do this.

    The 'Prostitution' charge happened on January 4 2012 and 'Criminal Impersonation' with 'Pedestrian Soliciting Rides' on January 25, 2012. I remember on both dates I was not anywhere near the locations listed in the affidavits but unfornately I don't think I have any type of alibi to help me.

    I spent 4 days in jail and saw my public defender on the last day, who I think could be faulted as incompetent because she tried to rush me thru too quickly and was the first laywer who treated me as guilty. I had to reapeat about 3 times this was a total false accusation to her in motivating her to giving me a 'no contest' plea from the district attorney. Unforuntately I forgot to inquire about the evidence against me from the courts and police and I did go into the courtroom the same day to say 'Yes' to a few questions the judge asked me of none I don't remember well in criminal court. I hope I did not waiver my right to appeal as I signed 2 sheets of court documents. They did not even tell me anything about the evidence against me. No video, audio, or photographic evidence shown at all.


    I want to get the 'Prostitution' charge dropped, and the other 2 (Criminal Impersonation and Pedestrian Soliciting Rides) if possible. Can my case be appealed? (I know that public defender's name and to request a different one next time).


    How do I appeal in the state courts in the state of Tennessee? Very much a layman in all this.


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    It sounds like you may have unwittingly plead no contest to the charges. It would require a competent attorney taking a thourogh look at all of your paper work to determin whether your right to appeal has passed. It is unlikely that you will get that from your court-appointed attorney. There may be a legal aid clinic in your county or in a nearby local law school that could assist you at no charge or a reduced charge.
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    If all these charges are false then you can handle it one by one in the court room, by applying the quick dates, you can hire a criminal solicitor for this task this is good for you.


 

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