Whether you entered into a plea bargain or New York prosecutors secured a conviction against you, you may think that this is the end of your case. Nevertheless, you may suspect that something was amiss and that mistakes were made that may have affected the outcome. It may be beneficial to find out if filing a criminal appeal would be the appropriate course of action.
However, you cannot file an appeal based solely on your suspicions. You must have a legal reason for it. In order to ascertain whether one exists, you may want to discuss your situation with an attorney who understands New York criminal law, along with what is required in order to file an appeal.
Many people want to file appeals because they believe that their attorneys did not do their jobs properly, otherwise, they would be free. This is not always the case. The conduct of your attorney would need to be scrutinized to ensure that you received the representation to which you were entitled. If your attorney made a mistake that affected the outcome of your case, failed to tell you about a conflict of interest or otherwise breached his or her duty to you, an appeal may be warranted.
Of course, the conduct of an attorney is not the only reason why a criminal appeal may be needed. Other circumstances, such as a witness recanting his or her statement or finding new evidence, could also necessitate further legal action in your case. If a valid reason for appeal is discovered through a review of your case, it would be helpful to have an aggressive and experienced legal advocate on your side.