Being convicted of a crime has serious consequences that can follow you for the rest of your life. Depending on the charge, you might be facing a large fine, time in prison, and a criminal record that makes it difficult to secure employment or housing. While those consequences are tough enough on their own, it is even worse if you are innocent. Fortunately, you can appeal the jury’s verdict decision instead of simply accepting an unjust result.
With more than 30 years of experience in the appellate courts, Ronald S. Chapman can help you mount a strong appeal. Schedule a consultation today to determine if you have grounds to appeal your case.
There are many different possible grounds upon which to appeal. For example:
- The prosecutor excluded vital evidence.
- The judge provided the jury with improper instructions.
- The verdict was not supported by sufficient evidence.
- You did not have an impartial jury.
- The judge made mistakes that led to your conviction.
- Your right to due process was violated.
In most instances, your attorney only has 30 days to file an appeal, so time is of the essence. Once a notice of appeal is filed, the clerk of court will prepare the trial record for the appellate court. Your lawyer will then write what is called the initial brief in order to explain to the court of appeals why you should get a new trial or sentencing hearing. In some cases, your attorney will argue your case in person in front of a panel of judges. After that, the appellate court will issue its decision.
You might think that you do not have any good grounds to appeal your case when, in fact, you do. It is vital that you have an experienced lawyer like Ronald Chapman to defend you in the court of appeals.