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What Happens in a Federal Criminal Appeal?

July 23, 2020 Federal Criminal Attorneys

What Happens in a Federal Criminal Appeal?


You may wonder what comes next after you have received an unjust result in federal court. Although you do not want to accept an unfair guilty verdict, you may also not know what your options are. You should secure help from a knowledgeable defense attorney who has ample experience working on federal criminal cases. Remember, receiving a guilty verdict does not mean the end of your legal battle. You still have a chance to file an appeal that could potentially clear your name and reverse the outcome of your case. Appeals are understood to be difficult to win, but when a skilled defense lawyer battles for you, it is possible to be successful. Our seasoned legal defense team knows what it takes to win in the Court of Appeals, and will do everything we can to put you on track to receiving your desired result. Reach out to us to learn more about what we can do to help you overturn a guilty verdict and how we can build a strong defense.


What Is a Federal Criminal Appeal?

Most of the defendants wrongfully assume that a federal criminal appeal is a retrial or rehearing of evidence. However, this is actually not the case. A federal appeal is a legal proceeding that targets the judgment of the court based on legal grounds. Your defense lawyer will draw attention to the legal inaccuracies that transpired during your trial that may have affected the result of your criminal case. If your defense lawyer can successfully prove that the results were unjust, you have a chance at reversing the outcome and protecting your future.


Considering the appeal will take place almost entirely through writing, it is important that the lawyer you choose to work with is skilled at preparing briefs. In some instances, you may have a chance to argue orally. If this is an option, always take it. If you appeal your case orally, this will give your lawyer a chance to present your side of the story clearly and concisely. This offers you a better opportunity at winning. We understand that appealing in a federal criminal case is time consuming and tedious. But remember, it can be done. If you believe your rights were violated during your trial or the outcome was reached unfairly, you may have a case. Contact our federal legal team today to find out what the best next steps are.


Filing a “Notice of Appeal”

Filing a “Notice of Appeal” is the first step in appealing your case. Once you have received the judgment in your federal criminal case, you have 10 days to notify the district and appellate court that you intend to appeal. This timeline often stresses out defendants, but it is very attainable if you have the help of a knowledgeable lawyer. If you get in touch with a lawyer within days of receiving an unfavorable result, the lawyer will have time to review every detail of your criminal case and decide if an appeal could be beneficial. The lawyer will then file a “notice of appeal” and start developing your case or discuss further post-conviction options with you. It is fundamental to work with a defense lawyer you trust as this lawyer will play a huge part in guiding your approach to the post-conviction stage of your case.


Our legal defense firm has extensive experience working in federal criminal cases and always keeps your best interest in mind. Give us a call if you are looking for a defense firm that values your freedom above all else. We are dedicated to defending your legal rights and will aggressively fight to make sure you have a chance at obtaining a fair outcome in your federal criminal case. Whether you are under investigation or have already received a guilty verdict, we can step in and offer comprehensive legal advice to guide you through the process. Don’t hesitate to contact us right away if you believe you were convicted wrongly. The quicker you get our legal team involved, the more we can do to help you achieve your desired results. A federal criminal appeal is a confusing process, but with the involvement of a skilled defense lawyer, it is easier to navigate this crucial stage of your case.



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