Sunday, July 21, 2024

Filing an Appeal with a Bay Area Attorney

Criminal defense attorneys at our law office in the Bay Area understand the California laws surrounding the criminal conviction you received and are able to help you through the appeals process. If you are convicted of a crime you have the right to appeal your conviction.

California appeals laws can be complex. The process may vary for different crimes, but all appeals have to be filed within a certain time period. Our criminal defense law firm can guide you through this process and file your appeal for you.

It is your right to appeal. You may file for an appeal from the date of your conviction; however, time is of the essence. In the Bay Area and throughout California, criminal cases not involving the death penalty have 60 days to file an appeal according to the law. Death penalty cases are automatically appealed.

Reasons for appeals

If you live in the East Bay Area within Alameda and Contra Costa counties, it is wise to seek the counsel and guidance of the Law Offices of Robert J. Beles. Our skilled and experienced law firm understands California laws and the appeals process. If you are unhappy with a trial court decision, you may appeal to a higher court to have the verdict overturned. Reasons for an appeal may vary, but may be based on error:

Legal error—the evidence introduced during a trial was inadmissible, the evidence did not substantiate a guilty verdict, or the judge incorrectly instructed the jury
Jury error—if there was jury misconduct or newly discovered evidence not introduced to a jury
Fundamental error—goes to the foundation or merits of case and reflects which affects the fairness of the trial even if not raised by the appellate
Prosecutorial Misconduct—the District Attorney clearly attempts to have the jury decide the case on passion or prejudice against the defendant or is motivated by racism, sexism or gender bias in picking the jury.
Inadequate Representation by Defense Counsel—Failure to investigate, prepare, call witness(es), or failure to consult experts.

If you pleaded not guilty or no contest you must meet certain conditions in order to appeal. You need the help of a lawyer skilled in the appeals process. Contact the criminal appeals attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Beles to schedule a consultation today. We have offices in Fremont, Hayward, Pleasanton, and Oakland, California, and serve clients throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

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