My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
My question is, if a defendant agreed to a plea bargain and was sentenced can he appeal his sentence? He was mislead my his attorney, his attorney never once spoke with him aside from the 30 seconds prior to court, he was not allowed to see his police report during trial or any other time, he was not allowed phone calls to discuss his case with his family, he was not allowed any visits and he was in county for almost two years, all this was ordered by his attorney. His attorney was court appointed and he did try to fire him and the judge denied it, he was told by his attorney that he would not take this case to trial if he would not take the stand. He did not want to take the stand, his attorney offered him no other alternative but to take a plea. The attorney told him several times he would be at county to speak with him and he never showed, he appeared to be bothered that he had to have this case. Also he was court appointed and this was a murder trial, and this attorneys area of practice was family law, is this normal?