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Someone may qualify for postconviction relief (PCR) under the Ramos/Watkins cases if:
There is currently no limit on how long ago the conviction was. In deciding Watkins, the court recognized that its decision would require a reexamination of prior judgments that became final years or even decades ago. There is, however, a time limit for bring PCR claims arising from Watkins. The current statute of limitations is two years from the Watkins decision, although that may be shortened through legislation.
PCR is the way to challenge final judgments. More information on PCR and forms to apply for relief can be found below. Along with the form to apply for relief there is a form to request appointed counsel for those who are financially eligible.
Forms are available here
Watkins applies to cases which have one or more convictions that you can prove were based on a non-unanimous jury verdict. If it is not clear whether it is a non-unanimous conviction, trial transcripts, verdict forms and/or contact with the trial defense attorney for information may be needed.
Contact with the PCR attorney about Watkins impact is the best path.
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