Fla. High Court Sets Test For Bad Counsel In Plea Deals

Law360, Miami (June 13, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT) -- The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday clarified the requirements for showing that a criminal defendant has been prejudiced by ineffective counsel at the plea bargain stage, falling in line with recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings regarding attorney advice on plea bargains.

The state high court held that in order to prove that a defendant has been prejudiced by ineffective counsel, he or she must show that a plea bargain would have been accepted if counsel had advised the defendant correctly, that the prosecutor would not have...
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