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CRIMINAL LAW, APPEALS.

Defendant May Not Appeal or Collaterally Attack an “Illegally Lenient” Sentence Because the Sentence Did Not Adversely Affect the Defendant


The Court of Appeals, in a full-fledged opinion by Judge Garcia, determined that the defendant may not appeal from an “illegally lenient” sentence because the sentence did not adversely affect the defendant. The defendant was attempting to have prior sentences declared illegal to avoid a subsequent “persistent felony offender” classification. Defendant had used aliases and had been given “illegally lenient” sentences because the sentencing court was unaware of the prior conviction(s). People v. Francis, 2020 NY Slip Op 00996, CtApp 2-13-20

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