An Akron man will get another chance to withdraw his guilty plea to a drug charge.
Deshawn Oliver, 20, took a plea deal that sent him to prison for six months on a count of trafficking marijuana in exchange for prosecutors dropping several other charges, including aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence, carrying a concealed weapon and receiving stolen property. Oliver, however, changed his mind about a week later and wanted to withdraw the plea, arguing that the trafficking charge was not appropriate because he did not have enough marijuana to sell and telling the court that his attorney coerced him into taking the deal.
Testimony from Oliver's attorney did not support Oliver's request. A decision from the 9th District Court of Appeals says Oliver does have the right to file another motion to withdraw his plea, since his own attorney ended up working against him, essentially leaving Oliver with no legal representation at all.
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