Massachusetts Criminal Appeal Attorney
Considering a Criminal Appeal?
A criminal conviction is far reaching. Besides incarceration or probation, there is the impact upon other rights such as present or future housing, employment, immigration, and government benefits. A subsequent arrest can be treated more harshly (e.g., bail) and a subsequent conviction can result in harsher sentencing.
You and your trial lawyer may have done everything possible, but the judge or jury still returned a guilty verdict. To challenge that guilty verdict you will need to appeal to undo any errors that occurred in the trial court.
Motion for New Trial
Generally speaking, there is no new evidence considered on appeal. A new trial motion is a way to bring up some forms of new evidence not entered at trial. That motion is also an opportunity to bring to light a claim for ineffective assistance of counsel (e.g., failing to investigate thereby waiving a valid defense at trial).
Post-conviction proceedings including direct criminal appeals and collateral attacks such as new trial motions, motions for relief from unlawful restraint, sentence appeals, motions to revise and revoke sentence, and other post-conviction matters.
There are many other possible mistakes, errors, and oversights that can occur during a criminal prosecution. An appeal challenges the process received in the trial court. For example, a trial judge may incorrectly deny a motion to suppress, improperly admit evidence at trial, allow the jury to proceed where there is insufficient evidence to support a conviction, or the failure to properly instruct the jury on the law.
A criminal conviction is not final until your appellate rights are exhausted. Do not delay! Call (978-846-5184) Appeals Attorney William Driscoll immediately!
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