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How Can You Challenge A Federal Criminal Conviction?

If you or a person close to you has been convicted of a federal crime, you might be interested to know what you can do to challenge that conviction. One of the main reasons why you would want to challenge the conviction is because you are convinced the trial judge(s) made the wrong decision or the jury made mistakes when arriving at the guilty decision. Other defendants will challenge the conviction because their own lawyers did not handle the case as they would have wanted. It is a constitutional right to the get right and effective legal counsel in a federal case. If the right of effective legal representation is in infringed, the defendant has the right to ask the court to overturn its earlier decision.

There are two ways through which a defendant can challenge a conviction in a federal court. The first one is a direct appeal and the second one is based on the ineffectiveness of the lawyer representing the defendant.

A direct appeal

A direct appeal is made through a notice of appeal within ten days after conviction. In a direct appeal, the defendant or trying to show the appellate court that the trial court made mistakes when making the conviction. It is the role of the defendant to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the judge or the jury did wrong. It is all about proving that what happened at the trial court did not follow the rule of law and therefore wasn’t right. The defendant must stick to proving that the trial court and the jury were wrong.

2255

The other approach that the defendant might use to challenge a conviction is by applying the United States code 28 U.S.C. section 225. A petition made under section 2255 is one where the defendant agrees that they have been locked up, but the process involved in the conviction violated their rights. The defendant must prove that the violated rights involve a lack of effective legal representation. Section 2255 is, therefore, a channel through which a defendant can complain that his or her lawyer did not represent them effectively. If you lawyer willingly conducted poor investigations into the evidence adduced by the prosecution or was involved in malpractice, you might want to bring an appeal under section 2255.

It is important for the defendant to understand that when making an appeal under section 2255, it is a different case from making a direct appeal. In a direct appeal, you are attacking the trial court while for 2255, you are challenging the lawyer who represented you. It is prudent to first make a direct appeal before bringing up an appeal based on section 2255. It is up to the defendant to decide which one of the two they would like to challenge. Deciding on which one you would like to pursue will allow you to prepare sufficiently when facing the appellate court.

Federal appeals can be difficult to understand due to the complexity of the matter. It is therefore important to seek the services of a seasoned lawyer who understands how appeals are conducted to rectify the mistakes made at the trial court.

The defendant needs to understand that an appeal is not an opportunity to reopen the trial case. The role of the appeals court is to carry out legal proceedings that challenge the decision made by the trial court. In fact, most of the activities of the appeal process take place in writing. There are limited court hearings from both the defendant and the prosecution. The appellate courts do not receive new evidence about the trial case. Their job is to consider the legal arguments raised at the trial court and make a decision whether there was a proper interpretation of the law. It is a process which involves scrutinizing the information provided at the trial stage.

Another thing that defendants should understand is that there is a huge difference between a notice of appeal and a real appeal. After a notice of appeal has been filed, the defendant has 30 days to present the full case to the appellate judges. The defendant should not rush to hire a new lawyer within the ten days allowed by law to file a notice of appeal. It is just a brief notice that can be made even by a lesser qualified lawyer. However, before presenting full details of the appeal, a fully qualified lawyer should be hired to handle the case.

Why you need a federal criminal lawyer

At the point of telling a conviction, the defendant only has one chance to avoid jail time or to reduce the sentencing. It is, therefore, an important stage that should be taken with the seriousness it deserves. The defendant should hire a highly qualified lawyer who has a track record of engaging in appeal cases in the past and have successfully helped a good percentage of the defendants to get successful results.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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
2021-03-05
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
2021-03-03
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
2021-03-02
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
2021-02-26
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
2021-02-24
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.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
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
2021-02-23
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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