Once you are convicted of a crime, you have a last line of defense to try to protect you from wrongful conviction. This is the criminal appeal which allows your lawyer to present new evidence, point out problems not brought out in the last time the case was in court, and attempt to have old evidence removed. This appeal can help a person obtain a lesser sentence or have a ruling overturned.
Before the entire appeal process can begin, someone needs to look over the case and see which parts of the case should even be brought up on appeal. Having a legal research case evaluation done on the case, can help your lawyer pinpoint parts of the case that might be highlighted for the appeal. The evaluation should help your lawyer build a better appeal case.