At the time of sentencing, the court must advise the defendant of the right to appeal, and, if the defendant is indigent, the right to appeal as an indigent. R. 3:21-4(g). A sentence of imprisonment is not stayed by an appeal or by notice of a petition for certification, unlike a sentence of a fine and/or probation, which may be stayed by the court. R.2:9-3(b); R.2:9-3(c). However, if the court sentences the defendant to a sentence appropriate to a crime ome degree lower than the crime for which the defendant was convicted, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:44-1f(2), and the State appeals, execution of the sentence is stayed. R. 2:9-4 if it appears that the case involves a substantial question which should be determined by the appellate court and the safety of any portion of the community is not compromised if the defendant remains at large. An application for bail pending appeal should be made to the trial court first; and if denied, to the Appellate Division; and if denied again, to the Supreme Court. R. 2:9-4.
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