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The Truth About Hiring a Federal Appeals Lawyer to Fight Your Conviction

By Spodek Law Group | October 19, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 21, 2023)

Last Updated on: 21st October 2023, 09:12 am


The Truth About Hiring a Federal Appeals Lawyer to Fight Your Conviction

Getting convicted of a federal crime is scary. Your whole world feels like it’s collapsing. You may be facing years behind bars, major fines, or both. It can feel overwhelming and hopeless.

But don’t give up! Hiring an experienced federal appeals lawyer to fight your conviction gives you a real chance at freedom. I know the appeals process can seem complicated and intimidating. That’s why I wrote this article – to give you the truth about the benefits of hiring a federal appeals lawyer, what exactly they can do, and how to find the right one.

They Can Get Your Conviction Overturned

The number one reason to hire an appeals lawyer is to fight to get your conviction overturned. This means the higher court finds errors that happened during your trial, so they throw out the guilty verdict. Some common reasons convictions get overturned on appeal include:

  • Violations of your constitutional rights – like your right to a speedy trial or to confront witnesses against you
  • Prosecutorial misconduct – like hiding evidence or lying
  • Ineffective assistance of counsel – like your lawyer messing up at trial
  • Insufficient evidence – like the prosecution didn’t prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt

A good federal appeals lawyer will scour the court records from your trial to find any potential errors like these. If they discover legitimate mistakes, they can file a strong appeal brief arguing why your conviction should be reversed because of them.

They Know How to Get Your Sentence Reduced

Overturning a conviction completely is tough. But an appeals lawyer may be able to convince the court to reduce your sentence instead. This is huge – even dropping your sentence by a few years can make a massive difference.

To get a sentence reduction, the lawyer will look for technical errors in how the judge calculated your sentencing guidelines. They’ll also argue if the length of your sentence is unreasonably harsh compared to the crime. An appeals lawyer who regularly handles federal cases will know all the best arguments to potentially lower your sentence.

They Can Help You Get Out on Bail

Waiting in prison while your appeal drags on is the worst. A good federal appeals lawyer may be able to convince the court to let you out of jail on bail while your appeal is pending. This means you get to go home to your family instead of sitting behind bars.

To get bail pending appeal, your lawyer has to show you aren’t likely to flee or be a danger if released. They’ll also argue that your appeal has a high chance of success. An experienced appeals attorney who believes strongly in your case can write a killer motion to help you get bail.

They Know How to Work the Appeals Process

The world of federal appeals is complex. There are strict deadlines, page limits, formatting rules, and other technical requirements. An appeals lawyer knows how to navigate all this smoothly. They’ll make sure your appeal meets all the picky little rules so the court actually considers it.

A lawyer also knows how to write a compelling brief full of strong legal arguments. This gives your appeal the best shot at success. Doing it yourself with no experience is really tough. Having a pro who knows the appeals court rules, judges, and best arguments is a huge asset.

They Can Keep Fighting Beyond the First Appeal

Here’s a little secret: many appeals lose the first round but go on to win. An experienced federal appeals lawyer doesn’t give up if your first appeal gets denied. They’ll keep looking for new angles and legal arguments to try again. This persistence can result in victory after multiple appeals.

A good lawyer will also advise you about options like requesting an en banc rehearing or petitioning the Supreme Court. They can handle each step of these further appeals for you too. This gives you the best chance of eventually getting your conviction thrown out.

How to Find the Right Federal Appeals Lawyer

Not just any lawyer will do for a federal criminal appeal. You want someone highly experienced specifically in federal appeals. Here are tips for finding the best attorney:

  • Look for 10+ years handling federal appeals
  • Find someone who practices exclusively criminal defense
  • Choose a lawyer with a track record of appeals victories
  • Read online reviews to confirm their reputation
  • Meet with them to feel confident they’ll fight hard for you

It also helps if the lawyer handles cases across multiple federal circuits. This broad experience helps them craft strong arguments.

I know the idea of hiring a lawyer feels overwhelming when you’re already dealing with a conviction. But having an expert appeals attorney on your side can make all the difference. Don’t lose hope – the right lawyer can still win your freedom back.

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