An overview of the criminal appeals process

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2021 | Criminal Appeals |

There are a number of reasons why you would want to appeal an unfavorable ruling after a criminal trial. For instance, you may feel as if a judge ignored Missouri law when allowing certain types of evidence to be introduced in your case. It may also be possible to appeal the sentence handed down after a jury decided to convict you.

How long do you have to file an appeal?

The first step in the criminal appeals process is to file a notice of appeal to the court. In most cases, your attorney will do so on your behalf, and the notice must typically be received no more than 10 days after a verdict is reached.

How many appeals can you file?

If you are charged with a state crime in Missouri, you will be able to file up to two appeals. This is because there are two courts that are available to hear appeals in cases involving state charges. Your attorney will likely be able to provide you with more insight into what your options are after an initial verdict has been handed down in your matter.

What happens if your conviction is overturned?

In the event that your conviction on a federal charge is overturned, the government must accept the ruling. In the event that a conviction on a state charge is overturned, there is a chance that state authorities can seek a new trial. However, authorities typically won’t pursue a new trial unless there is reason to believe that a jury would convict you a second time.

If you’re convicted of a crime, you might spend time in jail, pay a fine or face other penalties. An attorney may be able to take steps to help you obtain a favorable outcome in your case.


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