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Criminal Appeal

A criminal appeal is not a re-trial of the case and the process can take some time. In a criminal case once the defendant is found guilty of a crime at the trial level he or she has the right to appeal. To appeal the findings of the judge or jury, the defendant must generally file a written notice of appeal within thirty days of the decision.

The written notice of appeal should be filed with the clerk of the appellate court in the jurisdiction where the conviction was entered. The defendant or his or her attorney should then review the record of proceedings, which includes a transcript of the hearing and all evidence entered at the trial. 

The defendant then has the opportunity to submit a written brief arguing the issues upon which he or she believes the trial court committed reversible error. Preparing a compelling appellate brief requires an intimate familiarity with the law and lot of creativity on the part of the lawyer. The prosecution also has the opportunity to respond in a written brief. Sometimes either party may require an extension of time to file the brief due to pending trials or other circumstances that may arise during the time the brief needs to be written.

Once the briefs have been filed the parties may be permitted to argue orally the appeal to the appellate court. The appellate court may affirm the conviction, reverse the conviction or remand the case back to the trial court for a new trial. 


The Writ of Habeas Corpus is the remedy of last resort and is used to raise violations of a personís constitutional rights. The Writ of Habeas Corpus serves as an important check on the manner in which state courts pay respect to federal constitutional rights. Writs usually contain complaints regarding deficient performance of trial or appellate counsel, violations of due process, or allegations of serious police or prosecutor misconduct. Generally Writs require a whole new round of investigation, since the nature of most complaints was that these violations were not discovered during the trial or appeal processes. Because the habeas process delays the finality of a criminal case, however, the Supreme Court in recent years has attempted to police the writ to ensure that the costs of the process do not exceed its manifest benefits.

If you or know someone who is in need to appeal your/their case or feel that your or their constitutional rights where violated please contact one of our firms experienced Criminal Appeal and Habeas Corpus attorneys regarding the particulars of the case.

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