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Scrutinize the case for reasons to appeal a conviction

As we recently discussed, you can't appeal a criminal conviction for any random reason. There are only certain things that are considered valid reasons for an appeal. We know that you might be curious about whether your case qualifies for an appeal or not. We can help you to determine this and help you learn about what you need to do.

Criminal appeals involve a lot of written documentation

Appealing a criminal conviction is something that many people convicted of crimes consider doing. For the men and women who feel this need, determining if their case meets the legal requirements for an appeal can be challenging. We are here to help you determine how you might proceed with your case.

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.

Criminal convictions play an important role in the justice system

We recently discussed the fact that criminal appeals must have a valid basis. This is to say that you can't just say that you don't like a penalty and appeal based on that fact alone. Instead, you need to have a reason that falls within the scope of the law to file an appeal. We know that this might be something hard for you to determine, but we are here to help you.

Do I qualify for a drug diversion program?

If you have been charged with a drug crime, you may be surprised to hear that there is a way to get out of hefty fines and jail time. While drug court is sometimes considered a program for younger offenders, the state of Missouri offers an adult drug diversion program for older residents who do not qualify for the juvenile program. If you qualify, you may be able to avoid the life-altering punishments that typically await those accused of drug crimes.

What are common ways to appeal criminal verdicts?

In general, the institutional bias in the U.S. court system is to keep the trial court's rulings in a matter. That doesn't mean an appellate court won't overturn a trial court – it happens all the time. What it does mean is that in criminal defense matters, when the defendant is not happy with the outcome at trial, the onus is on him or her to show that an error was made in the trial or decision.

How much cocaine is a felony in Missouri?

Any Cocaine Results in a Felony

Missouri has no law on the records that results in a misdemeanor for possessing cocaine. Simple possession for personal use is rated as a Class C felony. If convicted, this will be reportable to anybody conducting a background check on you and stays there for your entire life.

Missouri protection of cellphone privacy

If you have been following our blog, you have read our discussion on a surveillance device that St. Louis police officers have been using to track targeted cellphones. The technology built into the StingRay device tricks cellphones into providing data by mimicking transmissions from cellphone towers without notifying cellphone owners. The device is portable, enabling law enforcement to drive through streets capturing information from the targeted phone and any other phones that are in close proximity. That the police can capture data and have been employing these devices covertly concerns the ACLU and other civil liberties organizations. These groups fear this data retrieval amounts to a warrantless search.

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