The appeals process is an all-or-nothing process. Once a court rules on the case, your only option is to appeal it to the next higher court. Once you run out of courts, your appeals are exhausted. If you recall, we discussed how the appeals process works in our previous blog post.
For the most part, appeals are handled on paper. The briefings are what the court uses to make the determination about the points that are addressed in the appeal. In only rare circumstances are people asked to come give an oral argument about the case. Even when that does occur, the arguments are very short.
We know that you don't want to be locked up for something you didn't do or because of errors made in your case. We can help you to learn about the possible causes for appeal that might apply to your case. There are several facets of your case that we can explore when we need to take action.
The manner in which you will file an appeal depends on where your previous case was heard. Each court has specific appeals processes, so you must ensure that your case is filed in accordance to what the court will accept. Any missteps could mean that your appeal is denied because of a procedural error.
The last thing that you need is for your appeal to be denied because it wasn't presented effectively. We can help you to build your appeal briefings before we submit them to the court for review. It is important that you get the ball rolling on your appeal quickly because the time limits on these are usually pretty short.