My question involves criminal law for the state of: WA
I bought a house in Washington, have owned it for years. Two family members were living with me, both incapacitated (mental impairments). Both lived with me without any sort of rental agreement and no rent was ever paid, requested, etc..
One of the family members I have or did have a PoA for, for obvious reasons (such as taking care of their finances, taking care of them, medical needs, etc).
The other family member, who also has impairments, I did not have a PoA. This family member was lashing out, and being erratic, and would often get into arguments with me. This person is very disturbed. One day they got a credit card offer in the mail and assumed I stole their identity, and this person called the police and tried to have me arrested over it. Numerous incidences like this kept occurring.
One day, this family member, jumped at me unexpectedly while I was cleaning the house, and this person screamed assault, assault, and called 911 and got me arrested! The police, having been to the house numerous times over what they considered to be "civil" or "personal family matters" and not "police matters', were irritated and becoming more and more irritated each time this family member called them. They did say something like, the next time we come out, someone is going to jail. And that did happen.
I was charged with a no contact, a restraining order, from the family member that claimed I assaulted them(though that was dropped, but not the no contact and restraining order) and trespassing on my own property. And the police also added a no contact order, a restraining order, and for some odd reason, also charged me for assault against the other family member, who had nothing to do with any of this, the one I had a PoA for.
It got really messy. I had a lawyer, but they were more of a detriment. At one point I had all the charges dropped, but then they were re-added later because the prosecutor decided to tack on some new charges, which I was told allowed the prosecutor to add back the old charges.
In the end, I took the advice of my lawyer, a public defender, who recommended pleading guilty to everything so they wouldn't have to go to trial in my defense, and because they said the judge doesn't like it when you go to trial. I couldn't ever get the lawyer to understand my side of things. It was frustrating, aggravating, and duress played a part in following the public defenders advice, as it seemed like the only option.
After pleading guilty and being sentenced, if i wanted to try and reverse and withdraw the plea, I think I may only do so if i can prove I did not have access to effective assistance of legal counsel or that I was influenced to go with a plea that I did not want to plead. I asked the public defender if i could fire them, and retain another public defender. The answer was no, and I was told they were the only one available, which may be true. The city and county is very very small..
Is this an option or is the verdict now final because i plead and was sentenced?