Want to appeal?
An individual who has been found guilty of a criminal charge may suffer from serious disappointment. An experienced Chicago criminal defense lawyer understands that not everyone who is convicted of a crime is in fact guilty. Some cases even had serious evidentiary or procedural flaws and yet resulted in a guilty verdict. If you or a loved one has been found guilty of a crime, a skilled appeal attorney from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege can provide the legal representation needed in the appeals process. In order to move forward with an appeal the criminal defense attorney must show the court, whether the federal court of appeals or the state court of appeals, that justice was denied in the original trial. There is a limit to the amount of time one has in which to appeal, so it is important to contact a knowledgeable appeals attorney from the firm without delay. An appeal can occur after a final judgment is given, a final judgment includes any of the following:
- A sentence
- A final conviction
- An order of probation
- An insanity commitment
- An addiction commitment
- A mentally disabled commitment
These final judgments can be appealed if the there were illegal proceedings when making the judgment. Some things that you should be aware of when looking to appeal a charge is that the Appellate court does not reevaluate evidence or hear evidence. The court does not listen to testimonies from witnesses or retry the case. An appeal is a limited review of a conviction by the appellate court not a new trial. The appeal will be based on the trial court records so it is very important to obtain legal guidance from an attorney who can determine whether or not the appeal is possible. If it is possible, know the argument that your attorney is making and on what grounds they are filing the appeal. The assistance of a lawyer in an appeal is imperative, the law can be complicated and appeals processes can be complex and overwhelming. Let a lawyer from our firm investigate your case and build strong grounds for an appeal of your charges.
Do you need a criminal defense lawyer for your appeal in Chicago?
A qualified criminal defense lawyer understands that your case must be thoroughly reviewed and investigated to bring to light any failures to follow correct procedure or the use of evidence which should not have been admitted. The criminal defense lawyers at the firm fully understand that errors can be made by investigators in how statements were taken, confessions elicited, in carrying out search and seizures (Fourth Amendment), errors in DNA testing, and in seeing to the Fifth Amendment rights of the accused prior to trial. The criminal defense attorneys at the firm are well versed in reviewing such matters and seeking out the errors in the case as well as the qualifications of any expert witnesses who testified and other vital actions necessary in the appeals process.
Act quickly so you don’t lose your opportunity to file a compelling appeal. Contact the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege for a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will fight aggressively for you. Our criminal defense lawyers have the legal knowledge and experience to file a strong appeal on your behalf. We dedicate the time and resources necessary to give our clients the best possible opportunity for a favorable outcome. If you are looking to appeal a charge or judgment, contact a Chicago criminal defense attorney for a free consultation with an experienced appeals lawyer who will fight aggressively on your behalf.