Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Attack A Plea At Your Peril

In another reminder to counsel of the need to to be cautious in attacking a guilty plea, the Court, in People v Hinckley, 2008 NY Slip Op 03737 [4th Dept 4/25/08], in vacating one of two counts of a plea to CSCS in the third degree on finding that the defendant's "plea with respect to that count falls within the narrow exception to the preservation requirement (see Lopez, 71 NY2d at 666)" held that
In as much as defendant's plea was entered upon a negotiated agreement, we note that, in the event that defendant does not enter a plea of guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree upon remittal, the court "should entertain a motion by the People, should the People be so disposed, to vacate the plea and set aside the conviction in its entirety" (People v Irwin, 166 AD2d 924, 925; cf. People v Hall, ___ AD3d ___ [Apr. 25, 2008]).

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