Criminal Appeals

People who are charged with a crime and been convicted may feel the urge to give up hope. For many criminal cases, however, conviction is not the end of the road. The appeals process exists to allow higher courts to review specific aspects of the case for important legal errors. These errors may have huge consequences regarding the conviction itself or the imposed sentence. For this reason, it’s important to file an appeal quickly—usually 10 days—after the initial verdict.

I’m an experienced trial attorney who has spent time as both a prosecutor in Georgia and a criminal defense attorney here in New York. Because of this, I have keen insights and an attention to detail and investigation that will help clients uncover the legal errors in their case that may have led to the conviction in the first place.

Common Grounds for Appeal

The court may only look at the “record” of the proceedings and will not consider any new evidence. This record includes admitted evidence and transcripts made by the court reporter of everything said in court by the judge, attorneys, and witnesses. Judgments may be appealed on either factual or legal grounds. When a verdict is appealed due to factual grounds, it means there is a dispute with the determinations made by the jury. Unless this error is extremely obvious, appellate courts tend not to review factual errors.

The most common reasons for appeal are based on legal errors, including the following:

  • Incorrect jury instructions
  • Improper use of evidence
  • Lack of sufficient evidence to support a guilty verdict
  • False arrest
  • Juror misconduct
  • Ineffective counsel assistance
  • Prosecutorial misconduct

Note that these errors must be material and have been serious enough to affect the outcome of the defendant’s case.

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The Appeals Process

For both state and federal courts, there are a lot of options to appeal a criminal conviction or sentence. While the appeal may take months to be heard and for a decision, remember that most jurisdictions have a time limit for filing your notice of appeal.

The steps for filing an appeal include:

  1. Find out which court makes the appeal decision
  2. File notice of appeal. Note that missing this deadline could cause you to lose your right to appeal
  3. Perfect the appeal with your attorney by examining everything in the record and building your case
  4. Argue your case before the court
  5. Receive the decision/ruling

After the initial appeal, depending on how many levels the court system in your state has, you may have additional rights to appeal up to and including the highest court in your state, usually the state’s Supreme Court.

An experienced defense attorney will know how and when to file important notices and documents to avoid missing filing deadlines. In addition, they will provide a thorough review of the record and seek out opportunities to argue your case.

When filing an appeal, I will apply my extensive investigative skills and attention to detail to the court record to ensure that no stone is unturned when it comes to opportunities to overturn the result. In addition, I will stand with you through every step of the process.

Criminal Appeals Attorney in Kingston, New York

Conviction is not the end of your case. I work with clients as they face the lengthy appeals process. My promise is to keep clients up-to-date on the details of their case and continue to investigate all avenues of defense to overturn convictions or impact sentences. Contact me today and schedule a free consultation to learn more about criminal appeals.