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How Appeals Work

Just because a jury or judge finds a defendant guilty in a criminal case does not mean that he or she has no chance of continuing to fight a verdict with which he or she disagrees. If a person believes that he or she has been wrongly convicted and sentenced, he or she generally has the opportunity to appeal the results of the case to a court of higher authority.

The appeals process can be very complicated, so an experienced legal representative is extremely important to a defendant who is seeking to fight a conviction. The Appleton criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. can help protect your rights and try to make sure you are not convicted of a crime you did not commit.

The Appeals Process

The appeal of a criminal case must follow a certain procedure. The steps include:

  • Determine if you are eligible for appeal.
  • Obtain and file a notice of appeal within 10 days of judgment.
  • Pay the appeal fee to the county clerk.
  • File a motion of appeal.
  • Secure a court date.
  • Make sure all necessary forms have been appropriately filed.

Your legal counselor can help make sure that your appeal process goes smoothly and that, during the appeal, your rights are fully protected.

Contact Us

Innocent individuals do not deserve to be punished for crimes they did not commit. Contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595 to discuss your options in appealing the decision in your criminal case.