My case was done in absentia per the previous November posting. I was found not guilty of all of the major crimes and guilty of some very minor crimes. I was sentenced to 6-18 months in the county, plus I still face some contempt charges. Can I appeal the conviction and/or the sentence?
All of the same Pennsylvania criminal appellate rules apply, but at some point once you file your appeal to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, they will realize that you are on the run and your appeal will be dismissed because of your non-participation in the appeal. I think somewhere between 2-4 months is the absolute maximum of time you have until your appellate rights vanish.
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