Appeals are one of the most important aspects of the criminal justice system in the state of California. Anytime a person is arrested and charged with the crime, they are innocent until proven guilty. However, even if an individual is convicted, that does not necessarily mean that justice was carried out appropriately. Judges can make bad decisions. Juries have been wrong in the past. Prosecutors can act unethically and violate the law. Defense attorneys do not always handle cases in the best interest of their clients.
Regardless of why an appeal may be necessary, the truth is that they are allowed. The appeals process gives a person convicted of a crime another chance. At Okabe & Haushalter, our Los Angeles appeals attorneys are standing by to help you through this entire process.
A criminal conviction is a very serious situation, and when a conviction was a failure of the justice system, an appeal should be filed. A conviction on a federal offense has especially heavy consequences. Expensive fines, the loss of privileges, and lengthy prison sentences are usual punishments. Law enforcement officers and federal prosecutors are careful when building a case against a suspect, but miscarriages of justice can take place.
The legal team at Okabe & Haushalter has extensive experience in defending cases in state and federal courts, and in filing appeals for convicted individuals when justice has not been served. Some errors that could lead to a successful appeal include:
If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor, felony, or federal crime and you would like to appeal your conviction, it is very important to talk to a Los Angeles defense attorney immediately. The appeals process is extremely complex and requires an attorney with experience in the system.
Before we briefly explain the appeals process in Los Angeles and throughout California, we want to point out that an appeal does not accept new evidence to the case, it will not retry the case, and testimony from witnesses will not be heard.
The notice of appeal is the first step in this process. Individuals have the right to appeal after a guilty conviction, and they must file a “Notice of Appeal” within 30 to 60 days after a guilty verdict is handed down. After this notice is sent, there are various steps that will be followed.
A skilled Los Angeles criminal defense attorney can facilitate the reversal of the unfair or biased verdict you may have received. Our legal team is very knowledgeable regarding federal criminal cases and procedures. We will review your case and the errors in your trial to determine how to get your conviction reviewed at the appellate court. This is the first step in the process when seeking to have your sentence overturned or your punishment reduced. You have the right to have justice. It is crucial that you contact our firm at once if you have been wrongfully convicted or sentenced in federal court.