Oak Ridge, TN asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee

Q: Can a lawyer force you to plead out on a high class felony when you do not understand charge or what they changed it to

I was charged with conspiracy with intent to deliver methamphetamines I was charged with this charge due to phone calls to a young man who was them taken into custody by feds. Hired an attorney we went to court a couple of times I was getting ready to go to rehab trying to get into rehab I'm disabled I draw disability and I have Medicare Medicaid it's very hard to find a rehab to take someone like this and I've been working on it for over a year I had pneumonia and was sick for about actually I was sick for a month-and-a-half and I didn't get to get in rehab because I was sick we went back to court and a lawyer went in to get more time come back out and it was like talking to a different person he forced me into taking a plea I've not been in a lot of trouble so I really don't know everything there is to know but he forced me to plead you something I should have never received I have three felonies from 12 years ago I haven't been in trouble in any time since I'm confused

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1 Lawyer Answer

Lawrence James Arnkoff

Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Brentwood, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: The short answer is no. Nobody can force you to plead guilty. In federal court

The change of plea requirements are strict to protect defendants from involuntarily

Pleading guilty. Lawyers can advise you but they cannot force you to plead guilty.

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