To make the most out of an appeal, it's important that you know what to do to look good in court and to build a strong case. When your attorney takes on this case, they will discuss with you if an appeal is possible and why.
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Many defendants feel like their lives are over once they're found guilty of a crime. This is especially the case if they find out that they've been sentenced to several years in prison. A conviction doesn't have to be akin to a guard locking you up and throwing away the key though. There are post-conviction relief options that you may be able to pursue after a jury or judge has rendered a verdict in your case.
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.
Appealing your case is something you may want to do if you don't think that the right results were obtained through the trial process. An appeal doesn't let you introduce new information, but if there was a material error during the trial, then it may be worth appealing your case.
If you have been convicted of a crime, then you have the opportunity to appeal your case. An appeal isn't to be used because you're unhappy with the outcome of your case but instead to show that you believe that your sentence was determined in error.
Everything seemed to go smoothly during your criminal case. There wasn't much evidence against you, and you felt that you had a great defense. Strangely, you were convicted. You worry that someone on the jury may have been racist, that a mistake was made or that other issues led to this outcome.
A criminal appeal is a review of a trial court's activities to see if any legal errors were made. For example, you or your attorney may believe that a piece of evidence was tampered with or that the lower court made a serious error of law.
Harvey Weinstein, the former Hollywood producer who recently fell from grace amid allegations of sexual impropriety, has been indicted by a grand jury sitting in New York City. Weinstein has been accused of rape and of committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree. Dozens of women have alleged that he sexually assaulted them. The allegations span decades.
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.
Having a criminal conviction in your past can have a dramatic impact on the rest of your life (even after you have served your debt to society). It can deter you from getting a job and even housing, not to mention the damage it may do to your reputation. Often, people in your situation may seek to have their records expunged. Is that an option for you?