A plea bargain is a good way for some defendants to get a criminal case taken care of. As part of the plea bargain, you are given some measure of control over the outcome of the case. You agree that you will plead guilty or no contest to criminal charges in exchange for a specific sentence or less serious charge.
Criminal cases are some that don't come with any guarantees. There are some instances in which you might take your case to trial and it doesn't turn out anything like you expected it to. While this is certainly upsetting, there are some instances in which it might be necessary to file a criminal appeal. We can review the circumstances of your case to help you determine what options you have.
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.
Your case was decided and a ruling was made, but you think some errors were also made. On those grounds, you're thinking of asking for an appeal. Can you get one, no matter what the error was?
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.
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.
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.
Criminal convictions can drastically impact a person's life. If you've been convicted of a crime, you might wonder if you have the basis for an appeal. This might be possible if there are certain elements present in your case.
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.
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.