Appealing a Criminal Case
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Receiving a not guilty verdict in a criminal case is a breath of fresh air for those facing such charges. Guilty verdicts, however, can often leave people breathless and feeling hopeless. Many forget that an appeal process may be the answer, or misbelieve that appeals rarely work or are a waste of time. Do not make assumptions that will affect your future wellbeing. Contact our professional Chicago criminal lawyers at The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj, PLLC to determine if appealing your case is the right choice to make.
What can an appeal do for me?
A successful appeal can be a saving grace for those who have been convicted. Not only can they effectively restore a case to its initial stages, allowing what is essentially a fresh trial to take place, but they may also dismiss a case altogether. If the appellate court cannot see enough evidence for a retrial, the case can be discarded and the prior verdict nullified.
There are a few ways to seek an appeal on your case, and you may need a professional attorney to decide which motion will most likely allow your appeal to be heard:
- Overturning the verdict:
If your lawyer feels that a verdict was outright flawed or that the judge’s decision was not sound, he or she may move for a direct overturning of the verdict. If approved, a guilty verdict would soon – if not immediately – be changed to not guilty. While this is the quickest form of appealing, it can be the most difficult to enact.
- Declaring a mistrial:
A motion for a new trial may be requested if your attorney feels a mistrial has occurred somewhere along the process. Restarting at “day one” may allow your defense the chance to secure a not guilty verdict the second time around.
- Seek a writ:
Your attorney may seek a writ, which effectively requests a higher court of law than the current one to overturn the verdict.
Who can help me with my appeal?
You will certainly need the counsel of a criminal defense lawyer if you have been found guilty in a court of law. It should be noted that you do not need to use the same attorney who represented you in the initial case. We encourage you to seek help from our experienced team of legal professionals if you must appeal a case in Chicago or its adjacent counties. With over 25 years of experience and a consistent 10.0 “Superb” Rating on Avvo, you can be assured that we have the know-how and the dedication to overturn your guilty verdict and restore your future.
Contact The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj, PLLC for a free case evaluation today.