Fight Your Child Porn Conviction!
Los Angeles Child Pornography Defense Lawyer
If you have been convicted for a child pornography offense, it is important
to know that all hope is not lost, and you may still be able to fight
the court's verdict by filing an appeal. There are three courts in
California: the trial courts, the Court of Appeal, and the California
Supreme Court. A basic criminal trial in the lower courts consists of
both sides presenting their evidence and arguing their case before a judge
and jury. During trials, mistakes are often made, and can involve jurors,
attorneys or a judge. Even a small mistake can have a severe impact upon
the outcome of a defendant's case, and if you believe you were convicted
because of errors made during trial, do not wait to discuss your situation
and appeal options with a knowledgeable defense attorney.
What is an appeal?
To ensure that each citizen has the opportunity to receive a fair trial,
the courts allow a higher court to review a case concluded in the lower
courts. Unlike in your criminal court, the appellate court is not used
for a new trial, and the court will not retry your case, accept new evidence,
or listen to witness testimony. Rather, the Court of Appeals reviews the
proceedings of the lower court and the judge's ruling to determine
whether any legal errors were made that substantially affected your rights
and the outcome of your case.
You must file a Notice of Appeal within 30 to 60 days of your final trial
judgment, and your attorney may need to prepare and present a number of
written statements and legal documents during the filing process. If the
appellate court accepts your petition, they will assess the circumstances
of your trial and investigate whether your rights were violated in any
way. If it is determined that a mistake occurred by allowing or excluding
certain evidence a party may win an appeals case. A court may determine
that the lower court failed to apply the law to the facts of the case
and rule in favor of the appellant.
Enlist Experienced Legal Advocacy for Your Appeal
Attorneys Ryan T. Okabe and Mark J. Haushalter have the experience and
resources necessary to represent cases at trial and pursue the appeal
of a case decision. A conviction in a
child pornography case or any type of sex crime can cost the offender certain rights and
freedoms. A sex offender must register with local law enforcement and
personal information and his or her whereabouts are available to the public,
resulting in a loss of privacy and a destroyed reputation. For legal advice
regarding a court appeal, contact a law firm that is committed to helping
clients following an unfavorable ruling by the courts. We have a unique
understanding of both sides of the law due to experience working in public
defense and state prosecution.
Okabe & Haushalter are well versed in criminal law with a proven record
of success and understanding of the appeals process. Make an appointment
today for a
free consultation with a trusted criminal appeals lawyer, and take the first step toward
fighting your conviction!