A criminal conviction can be one of the most devastating events in someone’s life. However, a criminal case does not have to end with a conviction. If legal errors were made during the criminal process, you could fight to appeal your conviction. Our skilled Corona appeals lawyers at the Law Offices of Scott D. Henry know how to act quickly and effectively to give you the best chance of success. We are highly experienced in many matters of criminal law and the appeals process and could fight to get you the resolution you deserve.

Grounds for an Appeal

A criminal conviction can cause harsh consequences for many years to come. Even after you serve your sentence, a conviction can impact your way of life. It is often more challenging to find job opportunities and housing, and criminal convictions may negatively impact your child custody and visitation rights. Coping with the reality of a criminal conviction is difficult, which is why you may choose to appeal the decision of the court. Appellate courts determine if errors were made that deprived the defendant of his or her right to a fair trial. Common grounds for an appeal include the following:

  • Prosecutorial misconduct
  • Insufficient evidence
  • Judicial errors
  • Jury misconduct
  • Ineffective assistance of counsel

An attorney in Corona could review a person’s criminal conviction and determine if they are eligible for an appeal.

Winning an Appeal

Many people think that their case is over after they win an appeal. That is not the case. If the judgment is reversed, the appellate court sends the case back to the trial court to take further action. It may order that a new trial be held, or the trial court’s judgment be corrected or modified. The prosecution has the options of appealing the appellate court’s decision, retrying the case, offering a plea deal, or dropping the charges completely. After winning an appeal, a Corona lawyer could help someone with their next trial.

Writ of Habeas Corpus Petitions

“Habeas corpus” is a Latin phrase that translates to “you shall have the body.” A writ of habeas corpus is an order from the court requiring the official holding an individual in custody to go in front of the judge and explain why the individual is being detained. Simply put, it allows a defendant to challenge his or her imprisonment or conditions of imprisonment. It is typically seen as a last resort for a defendant who has already tried to overturn their conviction and was unsuccessful.

Speak with a Corona Appeals Attorney Today

During a trial, there are several opportunities for legal errors to occur. Those legal errors may be grounds for an appeal of your conviction or sentence. Contact our Corona appeals lawyers at the Law Offices of Scott D. Henry today. Our legal team is dedicated to defending the rights of those who have been wrongfully convicted or received an unfair sentence. We could aggressively advocate on your behalf to have the court’s decision overturned or your sentence modified.

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