After an unfortunate verdict, you may be wondering whether or not you can seek an appeal for your case. It’s important to note that not everyone is eligible for an appeal. Let’s discuss common grounds for appeals and what you can do to get the best possible result.
Valid Reasons for a Criminal Appeal
There are a number of reasons that may give someone valid cause to seek a criminal appeal.
Some of the most common grounds for appeal include:
- An error of law: This type of mistake occurs when the judge does not apply the correct laws when reaching a verdict or determining a sentence. In other words, their decisions were inconsistent with the rule of law.
- Evidentiary issues: These issues may occur if evidence was presented that should not have been, new evidence has been discovered, or there was a general lack of evidence that provides reasonable doubt.
- Ineffective counsel: An individual may seek an appeal on the grounds that their original counsel was not competent enough to defend them.
- Misconduct: Any jury, judge, or prosecution misconduct gives reasonable grounds for an appeal. Misconduct may include making decisions based on bias, falsifying facts, giving special treatment, etc.
Appealing a Criminal Conviction
Appealing a criminal conviction is a complex process. If you believe that you have valid cause to seek an appeal, you will need the assistance of an experienced appellate attorney. First, an experienced attorney can provide their insight about whether or not you have grounds for an appeal. Next, they can help you begin with the necessary paperwork and research to build your appellate case.
At Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A., our appeals attorney can work with you to look deeply into the details of your case, search for errors that affected the outcome, and determine the best course of action. Contact our top-rated legal counsel today to get explain your or your loved one’s case.