New York Criminal Appeals Lawyer
Appeals are filed not because we disagree with the outcome of a trial, although our clients (along with us) often do. Appeals are filed because judges can be wrong in their rulings, and trial attorneys who our clients trusted to do the best job possible for them failed, sometimes miserably. Innocent New York criminal defendants receive unfair sentences on a regular basis and suffer needlessly. These wrongful convictions occur as the result of common mistakes made during your defense process. In many cases, your verdict can be reversed by filing a New York state or federal criminal appeal assisted by an experienced New York appellate attorney.
Behind the Criminal Appeal
The legal system can be very intimidating. Many Long Island or New York City defendants will accept their sentences without question and endure a lifetime of injustice. Frequently, when a criminal case is examined by a skilled Long Island and New York City appellate lawyer, potential causes for your inappropriate sentence are uncovered. The criminal appeal process is designed to give defendants another chance to present their case in front of a higher court, such as the New York Appellate Term, New York State Appellate Division, New York State Court of Appeals, or Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
Bringing Your Case to a Higher Court
Although there are many good reasons to seek a criminal appeal, some of the more common mistakes include:
- The trial court may have excluded defense evidence that should have been heard by the jury.
- The court may have permitted the jury to hear prosecution evidence that should have been excluded.
- Prosecutors can make unintentional errors or engage in intentional misconduct.
- Defense attorneys can make mistakes that deprive the defendant of the effective assistance of counsel.
Such actions provide sufficient reason for a higher New York or federal court to overturn your conviction by way of the criminal appeal process.
Understanding the Criminal Appeal
A criminal appeal is the process by which a lower court decision is reviewed by a higher court. An appeal is a legal argument; the higher court (such as New York Appellate Division or Federal Circuit Court of Appeals) determines whether the lower court erred in its application and interpretation of the law. A higher court will also examine whether the judgment of the lower court was proper in light of the evidence presented at trial. No new evidence is admitted in a New York state or Federal criminal appeal unless there are exceptional circumstances. In this case, hiring an experienced Manhattan and Suffolk County criminal appeals lawyer will be one of the deciding factors in the success of your case.
Exercise Your Right to Appeal
If you have been wrongly convicted of a crime, proving your innocence can be difficult. For this reason, contacting a talented New York appellate attorney, such as those at the Brill Legal Group, is your smartest defense.
At the Brill Legal Group, our appellate attorneys are professionals with a talent and focus for New York criminal appeals. We are often asked to consult on other attorneys’ appellate briefs before they are filed with the court, and even our adversaries have commented favorably on the strength of our arguments. We fight hard during your New York criminal appeal process to get you the most favorable outcome possible. We use experienced private investigators and crime experts to prove your innocence. We handle all aspects of New York criminal appeals and writs, and we encourage you to