The nature of Pennsylvania's appellate process is complex, with little room for error. Therefore, it is imperative you maximize your chances of success. One of the most beneficial efforts one can make towards achieving a favorable outcome is to retain a criminal appeals attorney. A legal professional who has experience navigating the criminal appeals process understands what it takes to overturn a conviction or reduce a sentence.
A criminal appeal is the difference between freedom and jail, fines, and other legal penalties. With all that is at stake it's important you avoid making mistakes that could potentially hurt your results. Although your attorney may be doing most of the technical work in this process, your personal decisions still will influence the outcome of your case. Avoid the following made appeals mistake for a better outcome:
Choosing the right attorney is the single most important decision in criminal appeals cases. A legal professional will directly impact your results in a criminal appeal. So, choosing the wrong one can have adverse effects. The appellate process is entirely different from the trial process, so retaining an attorney who has experience navigating this process will be beneficial. Also, choosing an attorney that is removed from the circumstances surrounding your original case will give you the advantage of a second opinion, and a review of your case with fresh eyes.
The higher courts need compelling grounds for them to even think about overturning a conviction or reducing a sentence. This is where the help of an exceptional attorney becomes useful. I, attorney Joseph D. Lento have the experience and expertise to formulate a convincing appellate argument.
Gaining a coherent understanding of the criminal appeal process is half the battle of achieving a favorable outcome. You must be aware of the timeline set for your individualized process, and be sure not to miss any important deadlines or notices. Far too many people lose an appeal due to their carelessness or the carelessness of their attorney. Don't waste your right to appeal the decision of lower court because of an oversight. Retain a qualified attorney and stay on top of this process.
Improper analysis of your appeal
A thorough analysis of your case is necessary for success in the appellate process. With your attorney you will discuss the details of your individualized criminal case, your attorney will analyze your case, and based on this analysis you'll be provided with a range of options. A legal professional must be able to discern the likelihood of success in the appellate process in comparison with other post-conviction alternatives. An improper analysis and the wrong course of action can waste your valuable time and resources.
Pennsylvania Criminal Appeals Attorney
As indicated above, choosing the right attorney to represent you in the criminal appeals process is important. Attorney Joseph D. Lento has extensive experience representing clients who wanted to appeal their conviction, and he's helped them succeed in this process. He has the skills and expertise to do the same for you. Contact him today for help.