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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.


Overturning a Guilty Verdict in a Federal Criminal Appeal

Can a Verdict Be Overturned?

After a jury decides that you are “not guilty,” the prosecution will not be entitled to appeal your acquittal. Because the Fifth Amendment of The Constitution protects you against being tried for the same crime twice, your case will be over forever after you hear the words “not guilty.” This is known as the “Double Jeopardy rule.”

The answer to this question will be different if the jury decides that you are “guilty.” If this occurs, your case does not have to be over if you believe that the jury or the judge made errors during your trial. You have the option of filing a motion asking the judge to overturn the jury’s verdict. In this case, the judge would enter a verdict of “not guilty.” You may also ask the judge to set the jury’s verdict aside so that you can receive a new trial. The last option would be to appeal the conviction.

The U.S. Court of Appeals

The Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States of America. The U.S. Courts of Appeals sit below the Supreme Court. The judiciary system has 13 Courts of Appeals. There are also 94 federal judicial districts, and they are divided into 12 regional circuits. There is a court of appeals in each circuit, and each one has three judges, but they do not have a jury.

If the jury found you guilty in your federal trial, you are entitled to appeal the verdict to the U.S. Court of Appeals. When you present your case to the U.S. Court of Appeals, your attorney will not try your case again, so it will not be the time to introduce new evidence, and new witnesses will not be able to testify. A jury will not decide the case, but the judges will review the decisions that the jury made and the procedures that the judge followed to determine whether or not the law was applied correctly and the proceedings were fair.

Do You Have the Right to Appeal?

You have the right to appeal your guilty verdict if you are concerned about the way the law was applied during your case. You may disagree with the particular law that was applied or anything that occurred during the trial.

Do You Have Grounds to Make an Appeal?

The most common ground for appeal is the belief that the trial was unfair to the defendant. It may also be because the losing side believes that the judge applied the wrong law in the case. You may also believe that the judge applied the law incorrectly. Some people have charged that the law that the judge applied violated The U.S. Constitution.

Making an Appellate Argument

The side asking for the appeal is known as the “petitioner,” and the side that responds to the request is known as the “respondent.” Both sides have the opportunity to prepare a brief or a written argument that supports each side’s case. The entire case may be decided on these briefs. If not, the petitioner and the respondent will prepare to argue before the court.

The Oral Argument

The process begins when the appellate lawyers take their places before the panel of judges. They will limit their discussion to the legal principles that the petitioner outlined in his or her brief and are currently in dispute. Both the petitioner and the respondent have 15 minutes to present their cases to the judges. Several weeks or months could pass before both sides hear that the panel of judges reversed the conviction or upheld the conviction. Either way, the appellate court will offer a written decision.

In the event that the appellate court upholds the trial court’s decision, you can appeal this decision as well, but the higher court will make the decision as to whether or not it will hear your case.

Errors Committed during the Trial

You must be aware of the fact that the judge or the jury may make errors, but not every one of these errors can lead to overturning your verdict. Your trial is required to be fair, but it does not have to be devoid of errors. A conviction is likely to be reversed if the legal error that was committed contributed to the jury deciding that you are guilty. Errors that deprive you of your constitutional rights are usually the type of errors that warrant a reversal.

Contact a criminal defense law firm if you believe that you have a case for overturning your verdict

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!



Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

~ David Bruce

Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

~ Rowlin Garcia

Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

~ Francis Anim

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