Some people who are convicted of a crime through a jury trial might decide to appeal the conviction or sentence. It is vital that anyone who is considering doing this understands some very important aspects of filing a criminal appeal in Missouri. One of the most important points that must be considered is the type of error that is the basis of the appeal. A criminal conviction can't be filed unless there is an error that serves as the basis of the appeal; however, not all errors that occur can serve as the basis of the appeal.
When a defendant receives a guilty verdict, he or she can appeal the decision. The government does not have the same right of appeal; it cannot appeal a not guilty verdict. Both the defendant and the prosecution can, however, appeal a specific sentence.
In recent weeks, we've discussed several types of crimes and allegations and how a strong criminal defense can help protect your rights and your future when facing charges. One topic we covered was related to the challenges and dangers of criminal allegations levied at college students. Criminal charges at a young age can mar someone's reputation for life, impacting future choices.
For many, college is a time of experimentation both inside and outside the classroom. Some students delve deeply into academics, but life learning opportunities are also abundant. Unfortunately, those learning opportunities can become challenges when college students find themselves faced with criminal charges.
Authorities allege that a man in St. Louis committed a number of charges during a short spree of crime that took place on July 27. According to reports, the man is being charged with vehicle theft, breaking into homes, robbery and leaving an accident scene.
Facing criminal charges can create a feeling of helplessness or vulnerability for the person arrested. It can continue right on through a trial, despite skilled legal representation participating, because of the unknown potential outcome. It may be helpful to note, however, that there are laws in place to help defendants exercise their right to a proper defense. One of these protections – appealing a trial conviction – can make a big difference to a defendant's future.
The criminal defense lawyers of Sindel, Sindel & Noble are highly experienced in helping clients appeal criminal convictions. Being convicted of a crime is not always the end of the story, and we know that unfortunately many lives have been disrupted by convictions resulting from faulty evidence.
The work of defending an accused individual's rights often involves fighting to keep evidence out of court or fighting to include evidence that the prosecution wants excluded. Innocent people may face years of prison time if the prosecution isn't effectively challenged.
With the development of new technologies, DNA evidence continues to play an important role in criminal cases, especially in cases involving allegations of violent crime such as sexual assault. In the United States, DNA evidence has been used to exonerate 321 individuals who were convicted. This number is utterly tragic, given that 13.6 years is the average prison sentence that DNA exonerees have served.
If you as a defendant lose a criminal case at trial, then your opportunities for a successful appeal become limited and time-sensitive. It is important, then, to have an attorney on your side with experience in the appellate process. Making a successful appeal involves scouring the trial record for mistakes that resulted in your conviction.