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6.500 Motion Definition

A 6.500 Motion is often referred to as a Motion for Relief from Judgment and is a form of post-judgment relief. This type of motion is for a defendant who has either exhausted all of their state appeals, missed filing deadlines, or cannot lawfully appeal in the federal court system.

6.500 Motions are ordinarily based on ineffective assistance of counsel, actual innocence, or newly discovered evidence. With limited exceptions, a defendant is limited to one 6.500 Motion.

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