Category Archives: Appeal

Understanding Federal Appeals Courts

nlpa blog 3 9-09-14After a person has gone through the regular court system and they have been convicted of a crime, there is still a way that they can avoid having to serve the sentence. They are able to seek some relief by going to an appeals court to plead their innocence and try to get a different judge to overrule the sentence imposed by the first judge. Everyone is entitled to at least one appeal.

If you are appealing a federal case, then you must appear before a federal appeals court. There are thirteen different federal courts for appeals within the United States. Each of these courts serves a different region of the country, so the one closest to you will likely be the court that you have to appear before. Before appearing before a legal court you should obtain the help of a lawyer.

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Seek Legal Help Before Writing a Letter to Appeal Charges

nlpa blog 5 7-10-14When I was in college, a friend was brought up on charges of drug possession with the intent to sell. The court found him guilty and he was sentenced to a lengthy jail term. In the initial case, my friend had been given a court appointed attorney that he felt had not defended him well in the case. He wanted to take his case back to court with another attorney.

Before getting a letter to appeal charges for his case, my friend decided that he would consult a company that provided legal research so that he could show why his case should be taken back to court. He was able to show several problems with the initial case in the letter so that he could quickly get his case moved into an appellate court where he could obtain a second chance.

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Making Your Way Through the Federal Appeals System

NLPA blog 9 6-23-14After a loved one has been convicted of a crime, you might be facing many difficulties in your life. Having a loved one serving time in prison can be very challenging. It is important to know that conviction is not the end of the road. There are many systems in place to ensure that justice is served. These systems may enable your loved one to overturn the guilty ruling they receive.

All defendants convicted of a crime have the right to appeal the decision made by a court. This means taking the case through the local or federal appeals system. The purpose of the appellate court is to try to prevent wrongful conviction and give all defendants the best chance of proving their innocence. It is important to understand the appeals system and prepare for your loved ones appeal.

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Understanding Your Rights When it Comes to Criminal Appeals

NLPA blog 5 6-23-14After you have been found guilty and sentenced, you might think that you have no further way of reducing your sentence. In fact, in our court system every person involved in a legal case has the right to an appeal. This means that even once you have been sentenced there is hope that the guilty verdict could be overturned or that your sentence could be reduced.

Usually, criminal appeals are a chance for the defendant to provide more evidence or show that their case was somehow mishandled. It is important that you understand your options in regard to an appeal and go into an appeal prepared. Having a good understanding of appeals and a legal team that can help you with your appeal can help you get your sentence reduced.

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Criminal Appeals Information

court_front_medNLPA Provides Criminal Appeals Assistance to Counsel in Both State and Federal Cases

When a defendant is convicted and sentenced, unless having waived his right to appeal, he or she normally then would proceed to the court of appeals for filing an appeal. Similarly, if a litigant is not happy with a decision made by an agency such as the ICE Department of Homeland Security in deportation cases, usually they may file a petition for review by the Board of Immigration Appeals to appeal the decision.

In criminal cases, a defendant may appeal the verdict if he or she is convicted at trial. Incidently, the government may not appeal if the defendant is found not guilty. However, either side in a criminal case may appeal with respect to the sentence imposed upon the defendant. Regardless of the nature of the case or the issues involved, when filing an appeal it is important to have a legal team in place that can thoroughly research the case to prepare the strongest appeal possible.

When filing an appeal it is important to keep in mind that only issues which can be addressed on an appeal must have been raised in the lower court previously and that new issues cannot be raised in an appeal if the lower court did not have a chance to hear them. If you feel you have issues that were not presented in the trial court record that may be able to help you, NLPA provides various legal services and can assist your counsel in the preparation of a post-conviction motion to raise those arguments.

A good appeal will start with a properly argued case at trial and sentencing. Filing an appeal is a critical stage of a case that can assist in withdrawing pleas (if appropriate), overturning convictions, and reducing sentences. When filing an appeal it is important that counsel reviews the issues closely to ensure that the proper strategy is requested to avoid any outcomes that may create a worse situation than the defendant is already in. After all, you do not want to risk appealing your case only to then be exposed to more time than you were sentenced to!

The federal courts in the United States are divided into 13 judicial circuits. In addition, each state has various appeal courts for their divisions. If you have a state case and are not sure which jurisdiction the appeal needs to be filed in, this information can be verified by visiting the court’s website for where the trial or sentencing was held in your case or by calling that Clerk of Court’s Office.

NLPA has the experience in all jurisdictions to assist counsel in a properly researched and written appeal brief so that when you are filing an appeal you can rest assured you have left no stone unturned.  Contact NLPA today for more information about criminal appeals and how we can help!

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Brief Writing – Appeal Preparation

legalbriefIf you’re not sure how to appeal your case, we can help!  NLPA provides top-notch appeal research for counsel to file with the appropriate court of appeals. NLPA offers assistance in both state and federal court of appeals at any appellate stage. Whether you are on direct appeal or an appeal to the Supreme Court, we can help.

Our appeal brief writing service includes the preparation of a detailed opening brief as well as any responses to the government reply briefs. NLPA has assisted counsel in thousands of appeals over the past two decades. If you did not receive the outcome you were hoping for at your sentencing and if you want to know how to appeal, we are here to help. NLPA has an excellent background in helping counsel fight cases in the court of appeals.

NLPA is well-versed in the various levels of appeal in both the state and federal jurisdictions. No matter which court of appeals you are entering, we are provide a team effort to your arguments and make sure no stone is left unturned in defending your case.

NLPA offers a wide variety of payment options and finance plans. For additional information about our affordable legal help, contact us today.

 

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