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Determine if your conviction meets the requirements for an appeal

When you are convicted of a criminal charge, there is a chance that you might decide to appeal the conviction. While this isn't very common since very specific requirements exist for these cases, it is something that should be in your mind as you work on your defense.

One thing that you need to remember about criminal appeals is that you can't present new evidence in the appeal. This means that you need to make the defense that you can during the trial. This could be the key to finding a successful grounds for appeal.

Another thing to remember is that you don't always have to appeal the conviction. You might be able to appeal a sentence, but the same need to have the information all present is still there.

You have to remember that the appeals process is a very structured process. You have to follow the order of the higher courts when you are filing an appeal. You can't just go directly to the United States Supreme Court and think that the court will automatically hear your case. Instead, you have to go through other courts that are higher on the chain than the court where you were convicted and sentenced.

If you are thinking about an appeal of a criminal conviction, one of the first things you should consider doing is determining if your case meets the requirements for an appeal. This is something that can save you a lot of time. If you determine that the case meets the requirements, you can put forth the effort to get things moving along.

Source: FindLaw, "Criminal Appeals Overview," accessed June 09, 2017

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