Criminal Appeal Lawyer
Criminal defendants are entitled to broad protections under the United States Constitution. A trial court’s failure to recognize these rights often results in the reversal of the conviction on appeal. Illegal searches and seizures, due process violations, and court or prosecutorial conduct that deprives the accused of a speedy trial are just a few of the constitutional violations that can defeat a conviction. If the court allowed your rights to be violated, then you should file an appeal or a petition for a writ of habeas corpus.
AppellateLegal provides sharp, aggressive talent in a criminal appeal. We will devise and relentlessly pursue the best strategy to put the law on your side and reverse the conviction. Our appellate team will stop at nothing to get you justice. Contact us today at 410.356.8859.
Illegal Search & Seizure Appeal
In Bond v. U.S., 529 U.S. 334 (2000), a police officer boarded a Greyhound bus at a border checkpoint in Texas. After confirming that the passengers were lawfully in the United States, the officer started feeling the luggage the passengers had placed in the overhead compartments on the bus. After feeling a “brick-like” object in the defendant’s bag, the officer obtained the defendant’s permission to open the bag, and then discovered a large quantity of methamphetamine. After trial, the defendant was convicted. The United States Supreme Court reversed the conviction, holding that the officer’s initial act of squeezing the defendant's luggage constituted an illegal search in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Due Process Appeal
Under the Due Process Clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, a conviction resulting from an involuntary or coerced confession will be reversed, even if the circumstances indicate that the confession is probably truthful. In Rogers v. Richmond, 365 U.S. 534 (1961), after several hours of interrogation, an officer falsely told the defendant that he had police standing in readiness to bring his wife – who suffered from health problems – into custody for questioning. After one more hour of silence, the officer told the defendant he was about to make the call, at which time the defendant gave a confession. Evidence also suggested that the defendant had been deprived of the right to an attorney during the interrogation. The trial court admitted the confession into evidence, and the defendant was convicted. The United States Supreme Court reversed the conviction, holding that, by mainly focusing on whether the confession was likely true, the lower court failed to analyze whether the confession was illegally coerced. In other words, the test for admissibility of a confession under the Due Process Clause is not whether the confession was likely reliable, but instead whether it was coerced.
Other Grounds for Reversal on Appeal
There are countless other constitutional provisions, state and federal laws, rules of evidence and other issues that a trial court must consider in order to adequately preserve the rights of the accused. The failure to protect these rights often warrants a reversal of the conviction on appeal. Our firm can review your case to determine whether you have grounds for an appeal.
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What AppellateLegal brings to the table is a history of success. Our firm has the skill and experience necessary to turn the odds in your favor on a criminal appeal or petition for a writ of habeas corpus. After meeting with you and reviewing your case, we will be able to determine a decisive strategy to challenge your conviction. We offer competitive flat rates, rather than unpredictable hourly billing. And there are no hidden fees. After our consultation, you will know the total fee for representation in your appeal, as well our strategy to win your case. There are strict deadlines imposed by the court system for appeals. Accordingly, it is imperative that you act promptly to make sure you do not lose your rights. Fill out the contact form on this page or call us today at 410.356.8859.