Can I change my guilty plea after being sentenced?

Question Details: I feel as though the police and my lawyer did not assist me enough and that I acted in self defence. Can I still change my plea even after I have been sentenced?

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No, you may not change your guilty plea after being sentenced.

However, you may be able to appeal against your conviction or sentence if you feel the police or your lawyer did not act appropriately or that you have a defence. You can find some more information on appeals here: www.lawaccess.govt.nz.

It would be worth talking to a lawyer about your options for appeal and legal aid for bringing an appeal. There are time limits for bringing an appeal so it would be best to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible.

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