If the client pled guilty, he or she normally loses the right to appeal any rulings that the judge made before the plea. If the client lost a motion to suppress evidence, for example, the client can only appeal the judge’s ruling if a special “conditional plea agreement” allows the client to appeal that issue. If the client went to trial, on the other hand, the client generally can appeal any rulings the judge made before, during, or after the trial.
Some plea agreements in this district have “waivers” where the defendant gives up the right to appeal any or all issues. What can and cannot be appealed depends on the language in the waiver. A client should consult with his or her lawyer about the “waiver of appeal” in the plea agreement.