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SquirrelEStuff's avatar

If you represent yourself in court, do you waive your right to an appeal?

Asked by SquirrelEStuff (9171points) September 29th, 2008

I got pulled over in NJ for driving while suspended for an unpaid parking ticket. The notice of suspension came in the mail the next day. I want to represent myself, my defense being inadequate notice of suspension, but the judge is a real hard ass. If he still decides to make me pay fines, can I still appeal his decision? If not, what options do I have?

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fireside's avatar

No, you always have a right to appeal.

A person who disagrees with the decision of a Municipal Court may appeal. That appeal must be filed within 20 calendar days of the court’s decision.

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

Thank you for the answer. I figured anyone had the right to appeal, but 2 people told me today that you couldn’t. Glad it is straightened out.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Chris, do you live in New Jersey?

MrItty's avatar

IANAL, but I’d assume you’d have waived your right to appeal on grounds of incompetant counsel, but all your other grounds shouldn’t be affected….

cwilbur's avatar

If you don’t know how this affects your rights, and can’t figure out how to answer the question except for asking Fluther, it might be prudent to actually consult a lawyer. That’s what they do.

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

I figured there might be a lawyer on here. I spoke with a lawyer. I just thought he might not tell me everything since I will be representing myself. It is a minor offense that I am doing my homework on as we speak.

I havent seen anywhere that I can not appeal, thats why I asked.

scamp's avatar

Good Luck! I don’t think I’d want to defend my self here in the “you can’t do that” state, lol.

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