When the Judge hearing your case makes a mistake when it issues a ruling on evidence or law, and you are convicted, you have the right to file an appeal.
In NJ, a defendant has a 45-day period when they can file an appeal of a decision of the Superior Court. If the case was in the Municipal Court, the defendant has a 20-day period within which to file the appeal. 'Filed' means that it is in the hand of the Appellate Court. Not in the mail, not I just need a few more days. If you miss the filing deadline you may lose your right to file an appeal. An appeal is based on the record of the proceedings where you were convicted. In essence, the appeal claims that 'The Court below erred when it...'. It is not enough to ask for a 'do-over', or to say 'if I had known I was going to be convicted I would have...'.
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