A criminal appeal isn’t what you may think it is based on television shows or the media. It’s not an opportunity to introduce new information or to drag out a case even longer. You can’t appeal every case’s outcome, even if you may want to.
In reality, an appeal is made because you question the legitimacy of a decision that was made by the court due to potential legal errors. You can’t seek an appeal just because you don’t like the outcome of your case. Instead, you’ll need to show that there were errors in how the case was handled or how the trial was conducted.
What’s an example of an error that could lead to an appeal?
Consider a situation in which a judge allows a piece of DNA evidence to be introduced in the trial. There are times when evidence can be disallowed, such as when the speciman is collected incorrectly. If your attorney can show that the evidence was not supposed to be introduced based on improper handling or because it was obtained illegally, then the appeals court may have to reconsider the verdict and decide if your case was handled appropriately.
Your attorney will discuss appealing your case if it’s believed that you were unjustly convicted of a crime. Appellate law is a separate but closely related subsection of criminal law. Filing an appeal can make a difference if you have the right support for your complaint. Our website has more on criminal appeals and why they are an important part of the American justice system.