When appealing a criminal conviction, you are requesting that a higher court decide an issue that you believe was improperly decided by a Trial Court. Many times, an innocent man or women has been convicted of a crime in the Trial Court based upon an error of law, an error of fact or both. Attorney Faigel has successfully presented appeals to the Supreme Judicial Court as well as the Court of Appeals.
If you have been convicted of a crime and do not believe that you received a fair trial or that errors were made during your trial, then you have the absolute right to file an appeal. Various reasons for filing an appeal range from an error being made by the judge, your sentencing was unjust, your trial attorney was ineffective in your defense, and many other reasons grounded in constitutional law.
Recently, Attorney Faigel was asked to presented an appeal to the Court of Appeals in which his client had been convicted by a jury of 3 drug offenses and was sentenced to 3 years in jail (Attorney Faigel was not the trial attorney). Attorney Faigel brought the case to the Court of Appeals and argued that the facts of the case, as presented to the jury at trial by the prosecutor, did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant had been involved in a drug offense. Although the jury had found his client guilty at trial, the Court of Appeals reversed the convictions and set aside the verdicts. As a result, the client was immediately released from jail and the convictions were erased from his record.
Appellate Courts have their own set of rules which can complicate the process. A successful appeal requires a solid understanding of the facts, as well as the law. Additionally, a successful appeal requires the ability to craft a well written legal brief as well as the ability to present a cohesive and persuasive oral argument to the Court.
In many cases, a notice of appeal must be filed within 30 days after a conviction or sentencing, whichever is later. The filing of a notice of appeal is an important, but often overlooked part of protecting your rights. If you have been convicted of a crime and believe that the conviction is incorrect, you should contact Attorney Faigel immediately. Attorney Faigel brings over 30 years of experience to your case. He will review the court record in order to identify any errors that have been made at trial. He will prepare a well written legal brief for submission to the court. He will present a compelling oral argument to the court and keep you updated throughout the process.
If you have been convicted of a crime and believe that an appeal is warranted, please contact Andover appellate lawyer Neil F. Faigel as soon as possible. It is imperative that you have a seasoned and experienced defense attorney to advise you as early as possible. Contact Attorney Faigel for a free consultation right away. He will ensure that you receive the best possible defense.