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Understanding CA’s Appellate Process

Steps to Appealing a Conviction

If you have been convicted in a trial court in the state, you may appeal. This is a way in which the state's senior judges may review your case and determine whether it was fair. If they decide your rights were violated, they will reverse the trial court decision and order a new trial, often with orders to the trial court to make the retrial fairer for you. It is important to be represented in the appellate process by an attorney experienced and successful in appellate actions. You are urged to contact Riverside appellate lawyer to assist you.

How an Appeal Works

If you are convicted, it is necessary to file an appeal to an appellate court before the deadline for appeals. Your attorney will obtain a transcript of the trial court proceedings and review it carefully for error. The attorney will then prepare a brief stating why your case was unfair making reference to previous court decisions

Your attorney will send a copy of the brief to the appellate court and to the prosecutor. The court will then set a hearing date for the appeal. Your attorney and the prosecutor will appear at the hearing and present arguments to the court. The appellate court judges many ask some questions of the attorneys. After the hearing is over, the appellate court judges will confer among themselves and then issue an opinion either affirming the conviction or reversing it and ordering a new trial with instructions to the trial court.

Get Help Through the Appeal Process

At Law Offices of Grech & Packer, we provide energetic and proven criminal appellate representation to clients in Riverside and throughout California convicted of a crime. We are recognized by the state bar association as certified criminal law specialists, a designation given to only a few criminal lawyers in the state. We are also recognized by the national law directory Martindale Hubbell as "AV", preeminent in our field.

We have a proven record of success in criminal appeals and will do everything in our power to assist you. We know you are under great stress and you can be assured you will receive the individual care and respect you deserve.

Contact our firm for help with the appellate process.

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