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The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.


Los angeles Criminal Appeals Lawyers

Criminal defense does not necessarily end with a guilty verdict or plea. When your conviction results from legal errors or an unfair or unlawful proceeding, you can turn to a California criminal appeals lawyer to seek a reversal.

What Are the Grounds for a Criminal Appeal?

The specific reasons to appeal differ by case, but common errors include:

*The trial judge’s failure to exclude unlawfully obtained, unfairly prejudicial, hearsay or other improper evidence
*The trial judge’s refusal to allow evidence favorable to you
*Convictions for actions not criminal when they occurred or conduct protected by the United States or California Constitutions
*Inaccurate or confusing instructions to the jury
*Failing to instruct jury on defenses or other matters
*Lack of sufficient evidence to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt
*Juror bias or misconduct
*“Double jeopardy,” in which you were previously tried or punished multiple times for the same crime
*Excessive or unauthorized punishments
*Ineffective assistance of counsel
*Prosecutorial misconduct, such as withholding evidence tending to negate your guilt or improper arguments to the jury
*Denial of the right to cross-examine prosecution witnesses

Generally, an appellate court will not overturn a conviction if the error did not affect the jury’s verdict. Often, improperly-admitted evidence falls into this category when the jury would have convicted without the evidence. However, errors that denied you constitutional rights such as the right to effective assistance of counsel, cross-examination or an impartial jury, generally call for a reversal.

What Are the Steps in an Appeal?


The Notice of Appeal

To start, you file a “Notice of Appeal” in the trial court of your conviction. Your deadline is 30 days from the judgment if you appeal a misdemeanor and 60 days for felonies. If you appeal a felony conviction upon your guilty or no-contest plea, you must additionally complete a “Request for Certificate of Probable Cause.” The California court system provides forms for giving notice of appeal and requesting a certificate of probable cause.

Preparing What the Appellate Court Will Consider

A successful appeal requires an adequate and complete record of the trial court proceedings. In felony cases, the record consists of a “clerk’s transcript” and “reporter’s transcript.” The latter includes the indictment or other written charges, pleas, motions, written orders or rulings, the verdict, judgment, sentence and minutes from the court. In the “reporter’s transcript,” the appellate court sees the testimony of witnesses, arguments by the attorneys, statements during guilty or no-contest pleas, communications with the jury and statements during sentencing proceedings.

If you appeal a misdemeanor, you are not required to have a clerk’s or reporter’s transcript. However, as California criminal appeals lawyers, we generally recommend transcripts rather than agreeing to a summary of the proceedings. Without transcripts, you run the risk of omitting something you want raised on appeal.

The Brief

Using the brief, a California criminal appeals lawyer presents the reasons why the trial court erred in the proceedings. Preparation of the brief starts with a careful examination of the transcripts and other parts of the record for errors or potential ones. Legal research reveals statutes, cases and constitutional provisions that can support or compel reversal of your conviction.

Appellate briefs start with a procedural history of the case. This recites the charge, when you were charged, pretrial motions and other proceedings in the trial court. In the statement of facts, the appeals lawyer recites what happened and the evidence. If you appeal based on lack of sufficient evidence, the court will want facts presented in the most favorable light to the prosecution.

Once the appellant submits a brief, the prosecutor prepares a responsive brief to explain why the conviction should stand. Afterwards, you may wish to file a reply brief to address any new arguments made by the prosecutor.

California’s appellate rules limit the number of pages and words in briefs. Errors in formatting and citation of cases can diminish your credibility before the judges or justices who will consider your appeal. An experienced California criminal appeals lawyer takes care in an effort to avoid these mistakes.

The Oral Argument

During an oral argument, appeals lawyers speak to the justices or judges about specific aspects of the brief. At oral argument, we emphasize the strongest or most important reasons for reversing the conviction. Justices or judges often ask questions of the lawyers during oral argument. If the brief explains very well the issues on an appeal, an appellate lawyer might not see the need for an oral argument.

Can You Stay Out of Jail While Appealing?

You are entitled to be free on bail during an appeal of a misdemeanor. For felonies, the trial judge has discretion on whether to grant you bail. A criminal appeals lawyer seeks to obtain bail in these cases by showing you are not a flight risk and not a threat to public safety. Courts consider:

*The length of time you have resided in the community
*Presence of family members
*Employment, including in the community
*Whether you attended all court dates in the trial court

Additionally, appellants of felony convictions need to show a reasonable chance of success in the appeal. If the law is well-settled that you were properly convicted of the felony, you likely will not get bail.

Handling an appeal on your own opens you to missed deadlines and other mistakes. An experienced California criminal appeals lawyer is ready to help you avoid the consequences of a wrongful conviction and of errors in your appeal.

Charle Butler
Charle Butler
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!



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