You Are Entitled to an Appeal
If you have been found guilty of a crime, you are entitled to an appeal to a higher court which will review your trial and possibly reverse the guilty verdict or grant a new trial. An appeal can challenge many aspects of your trial including prosecutorial misconduct, judicial errors, ineffective assistance of your previous lawyer, and other grounds for appeal. Because there are strict time limits for filing post-trial motions and appeals, you should act immediately to retain an experienced appellate attorney.
If you have been convicted of a crime in the Philadelphia area, it is important to contact the appellate lawyers at Patrick Artur & Associates as soon as possible.
Appeals can be complicated and few criminal defense attorneys will handle a criminal appeal. At the law office of Patrick Artur & Associates, we are aggressive in seeking relief through appeals whenever there is a possibility that it will result in a reversal, retrial or a more advantageous sentence for our client. If you're in for the fight of your life for your liberty, start by hiring a Pennsylvania criminal appeals lawyer who can see your case through to the end. If someone else initially handled your case, they should not handle your appeal.
Contact Patrick Artur & Associates. We have developed a specific specialty intervening between a guilty verdict (as a result of a trial with your previous lawyer) and your sentencing. Attorney Artur will get involved in your appeal immediately after a guilty verdict, filing an immediate post-trial motion to have the judge reassess your case prior to rendering a sentence. The trial judge will review your case, decide if there were any trial errors, and quickly decide if there will be a new trial. Patrick Artur & Associates is one of the most successful Philly law firms when it comes to filing post-trial motions.
Very few lawyers are aware of Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 704B which has allowed us to intervene prior to sentencing, arguing all of the issues that would have been argued at the post-sentence stage and on appeal. This strategy and tactic lets your sentencing judge know in no uncertain terms the issues that an appellate judge will review and possibly reverse. This post-trial stage is a very delicate area with many and varied nuances. What Can Be Appealed?
An appeal can be brought if some aspect of your criminal case was mishandled by the court or the prosecutor. Generally, an appellate court will reverse a conviction or order a new trial if there were errors of law which prevented a fair trial, or the judge or jury made findings of fact which were not supported by the evidence. There are numerous grounds for appeal of a criminal conviction, including:
- Police misconduct during the investigation
- Tainted evidence
- Incorrect rulings by the trial judge
- Introduction of inadmissible or highly prejudicial evidence
- Perjury by a witness
- Judicial mistakes
- Improper jury instruction
- Sentencing errors
- Jury misconduct
- Ineffective assistance of counsel
- Prosecutorial misconduct
It takes a criminal defense lawyer with many years of courtroom experience to see the opportunities for appeal and to develop proactive strategies for handling a case after a jury or judge has delivered the wrong verdict. At Patrick Artur & Associates, our Pennsylvania criminal appeals lawyers have more than 30 years of experience and a history of successful appeals.
An Immediate Appeal Can Keep You Out of Jail
You don't have to be in prison or jail to appeal your case. Through oral post-trial motions, your criminal defense lawyer can let the judge know prior to sentencing that your case will be appealed because of errors in the handling of the case.
An appeals team at our law firm will meticulously review the trial transcript, which includes the notes of witness testimony looking for errors which prevented a fair trial. If you are in jail, a habeas petition or 2255 motion can begin your appeal.
At Patrick Artur & Associates we've been very successful in achieving relief for our clients: reversing mandatory minimum sentences to probationary sentences, obtaining orders for a new trial, securing and winning appeals. We often help a client continue his or her life outside of jail while they wait for their appeal to reach the Pennsylvania Superior or Supreme Court.
Pennsylvania Appeals and Federal Appeals
Our Pennsylvania appeals attorneys are prepared to handle your case in state court, Pennsylvania Superior Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, federal district courts, and the federal appellate courts.
Get the best possible defense for your criminal case right from the start. If there are issues surrounding your criminal conviction or sentencing, or if the attorney who represented you in your first trial failed to provide a proper defense, contact Patrick Artur & Associates. as soon as possible so we can begin work on your criminal appeal.