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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

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Criminal Appeals for Federal Cases

Appealing a federal case is a part of the existing legal system. However, there is very little public attention given to this process, which is sometimes described as secretive. This perception might be influenced by the fact that there are no court stenographers, witnesses, juries or physical spaces involved in the appeal.
Appellate Court Process
The appeals process is often confused with the similar process defined as a re-trial. However, this is not a proceeding in which new evidence is being presented. The appellate brief is a lengthy document filed by both parties to the case prior to the appeal. The brief is very influential in many cases; as such, the skill of the writer is central to winning over the judge on many issues being appealed.
The entire network of courts for reviewing appeals is called the 12 Circuit Court of Appeals. Courts ruling in favor of one side will often get a request for an appeal from the losing side.[1] Specific claims can be made as a part of the appeal. This process enables claims of unfair conduct or improper procedures to be reviewed, for example. This includes accusations that the court applied a legal principle that conflicts with a higher legal precedent.
Criminal Appeals for Federal Cases
The process of filing an appeal in a federal case involves a specific legal procedure. During the appeal, the judgement of the court that issued a ruling is challenged. This is not a formal event, and it usually happens on paper exclusively. Most of the decisions made within the Circuit Court of Appeals are applied as legal precedence, and this influences other courts around the country. Very few of these cases will continue through the court system in order to be reviewed by the Supreme Court. [2]
Appellate Courts or Re-Trial?
The right to appeal is generally used to get a ruling on a procedure used within the case; it isn’t a re-trial. This procedure allows the losing side in court to have certain aspects of the case reviewed. To start this process, a notice of appeal must be issued to the courts involved in the appeals process. It is usually around two pages long, and it simply states that one of the parties involved intends to appeal a decision. This is different from the appellate brief, which is much longer in length.
The notice of appeal is typically filed within ten days. Appellate lawyers are the professionals hired to file the notice of appeal. This person must be hired within the ten-day window in order for the appeal to be processed. Missed deadlines create a situation that can severely restrict your access to this judicial process, so make sure to locate and hire an experienced criminal appellate lawyer to file this motion within the deadline.
The Federal Criminal Appeals Process
The process of filing an appeal can take more time than you expect. The reality of the appellate court system might also be obscured by the fact that these proceedings often occur out of view of the general public. The lawyers for each side file paperwork that effectively challenges any procedural errors or legal missteps that may have occurred within the court hearing. This is why the appeals process is difficult to visualize; it almost always happens in writing.
The appellate judge may consider the legal merits of these written arguments. However, there is no new evidence being presented, and the focus remains on resolving any legal disputes being presented. This happens after the case is heard within the courtroom. Some physical evidence might be brought into the appellate court, if applicable; however, this is only relevant to the legal arguments being made. It does not constitute new physical evidence, nor would new evidence be admissible into the appellate court.
Appellate Court, Filing a Legal Brief
The appellate brief is a kind of narrative that describes the reason for seeking a specific decision from the judge. This document tales a narrative that is backed by existing case laws, and it functions within a framework of regulatory authority. These briefs are known to influence many appellate decisions, so writing an engaging and convincing legal brief is a critical part of the appeals process.
To have an appellate court hear the legal arguments from both lawyers, both the plaintiff and defense lawyer must first submit a brief. These briefs are central to the process of appeals; they expand on the reasons for appealing certain aspects of a legal case that are in dispute. This document is much longer than the notice of appeal, and it involves a written explanation for the arguments pertaining to the key issues.
They might include statements made about certain facts in the case as well as arguments related to legal matters. These briefs condense the main legal arguments within the first few sentences, which serve a thematic purpose. Some citations are allowed within reasonable limitations. The summary section is given at the end of the brief, and it serves as a final appeal on the argument being made.
[1] https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdwi/victimwitness-program/cases-are-appealed
[2] https://www.uscourts.gov/about-federal-courts/court-role-and-structure/about-us-courts-appeals
[3] https://www.jdsalaw.com/blog/2019/5/25/top-10-tips-for-writing-a-persuasive-appellate-brief

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