A-72 September Term 2007

966 A.2d 461 (2009)

198 N.J. 145

STATE of New Jersey, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. Tony L. SLATER, Defendant-Appellant.

Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Decided February 4, 2009.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Raquel Y. Bristol, Assistant Deputy Public Defender, argued the cause for appellant (Yvonne Smith Segars, Public Defender, attorney).

Michael J. Williams, Deputy Attorney General, argued the cause for respondent (Anne Milgram, Attorney General of New Jersey, attorney).

Chief Justice RABNER delivered the opinion of the Court.

Defendant Tony Slater pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and sought to withdraw his plea before sentencing. The sole question in this appeal is whether the trial court correctly denied defendant's motion to set aside the plea.

In evaluating motions to withdraw a guilty plea, trial courts should consider the following factors: (1) whether the defendant has asserted a colorable...

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