Defendant’s Counsel Took a Position Adverse to Defendant’s Motion to Vacate His Guilty Plea—Court Should Have Appointed New Counsel Before Hearing the Motion
The Second Department determined defendant should be appointed new counsel because his original counsel took a position adverse to the defendant’s motion to withdraw his guilty plea:
Prior to the imposition of sentence upon the defendant’s conviction of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, the defendant moved to withdraw his plea of guilty to that charge on the ground that his plea was not knowingly, intelligently, and voluntarily made. At sentencing, assigned counsel stated that the defendant’s plea was validly entered, and denied certain factual allegations raised by the defendant.
The defendant’s right to counsel was adversely affected when his attorney took a position adverse to his … . The Supreme Court should have assigned a different attorney to represent the defendant before it determined the motion … . People v Armstead,2015 NY Slip Op 01956, 2nd Dept 3-11-15