The news crushed you. A jury found you guilty in a criminal case. What are your options? An appeal is on the table and may be the best way to alter what has happened to you.
Understand that the appeals process is filled with complications. A variety of outcomes are possible, too, as the result of an appeal. For example, the judge may reverse the conviction, change the sentence or order a new trial.
Exclusion of evidence, abuse by judge
Maybe the judge and investigators made mistakes. Perhaps the prosecutor relied on insufficient evidence or witnesses fabricated stories on the stand. Here are some scenarios in which you have the grounds to appeal a criminal conviction
- The exclusion of crucial and relevant evidence
- The improper admission of evidence
- Insufficient evidence
- Poor, ineffective and incompetent counsel representation
- The egregious misconduct of prosecutors
- Misconduct from the jury such as concealing personal beliefs and discussing the case outside of the jury
- A judge’s abuse of discretion such as failing to allow a witness to testify, the suppression of evidence, misinterpreting the law or showing bias toward the accused
- Wrongful conviction due to situations such as mistaken identification from a witness, perjured testimonies and false confessions
- The judge imposing too harsh of a sentence
If mistakes occurred during the investigation and trial and your rights ignored, pursue an appeal.
Your future is at stake
There is much at stake in the appeal process. The main one is your future. Confer with your attorney, who will have answers and guide you through this difficult and painful process. But if investigators, authorities and even the judge violated your constitutional rights, you need to fight through an appeal.