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Can I withdraw a guilty or no-contest plea in Nevada?
A defendant is at liberty to ask a Nevada court to withdraw his/her plea at any time. However, courts are more likely to consider the request if sentencing has not yet occurred. If sentencing has already happened, the judge may presume that the only reason the defendant wants to withdraw the plea is to try to get a lesser sentence by going to trial.
1. When will a Nevada judge grant a motion to withdraw a plea?
A motion to withdraw a plea, also referred to as a “motion to vacate conviction” or “motion to vacate judgment,” is when a defendant in a criminal case asks the court to ignore his/her plea and resume the case as if the plea never happened. A defendant brings the motion under NRS 176.165.
If a defendant files a motion to withdraw a plea before being sentenced, the court has “discretion” to grant it if withdrawing the plea would be fair and just.1
But if a defendant files a motion to withdraw a plea after sentencing, the court may not grant the motion unless doing so would “correct a manifest injustice.”
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