Federal Appeals

Guiding You Through The Appeals Process

If the court made a mistake during your trial that had a significantly negative effect on the outcome, you can file an appeal after sentencing. Federal appeals and/or federal post-conviction motions can include direct appeals, habeas corpus petitions, ineffective assistance of counsel motions and 2255 motions.

You can appeal a conviction for any type of federal crime. You also have a right to challenge the verdict or sentence. Appeals and post-conviction motions are complex proceedings that have different rules and require different skills than trial law. You need an attorney experienced in federal appellate work. Contact the federal appeals attorneys at O'Brien Hatfield, PA, for experienced appellate representation.

Basics Of Federal Appeals

A direct appeal requests that an appellate court examine the record of your trial for legal errors that affected the verdict or sentence. The types of errors that the appellate court may consider include improperly admitted or excluded evidence, errors in the pretrial or trial rulings by the judge or issues of bias during jury selection.

If your direct appeals have been denied, you can file a writ of habeas corpus. This writ asserts that the defendant's rights have been violated by imprisonment. When all state options have been exhausted, you can file a habeas corpus petition in federal court.

You need a lawyer who is experienced in federal trial and appellate courts and understands appellate procedures and deadlines.

Contact A Federal Criminal Appeals Attorney

There are strict statutes of limitations for filing federal appeals, post-conviction motions and writs. For a free initial consultation, please call us in Tampa at 813-228-6989 or contact us online today.