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What Issues are Raised in a Federal Criminal Appeal?

The process of filing an appeal starts with an appellate brief, which summarizes the contents in the first few lines. This document can be long, and it makes an argument regarding the court proceedings. In order to understand what issues are raised in federal criminal appeals brief, it’s necessary to understand the appellate court system and how it functions.

Appellate Court Procedures

This appellate court isn’t a physical location, and the process doesn’t take place in person. There are no juries, witnesses or court record keepers involved in a formal proceeding. This also means that there is relatively little public understanding about the appellate courts and how they function. New facts and evidence are not admissible to the appellate court, with few exceptions. [1]

Without this background knowledge, it’s hard to understand how issues are raised and handled in a federal criminal appellate court. The appellate brief is widely considered to be the most influential document in the federal criminal appellate court. The content of the brief contains the issues raised in the appeal.

The Appellate Circuit Court System

The system known as the Circuit Court of Appeals is a judicial resource that is available to anyone who received a disagreeable ruling.[2] However, the appeals process doesn’t deal with any new evidence, witness statements or documents. It simply requires both lawyers to file appellate briefs that outline the issues to be reviewed by the appellate court judge. The appeals process begins after the court reaches a conclusion in the case. This is why the appeals process is different from a re-trial.

Issues Raised in the Appellate Court

The process starts with the lawyer that files a notice to appeal; this must be submitted within a 10-day period. This process is typically initiated by the side who lost the case in the court. This means that a special appellate lawyer will file the notice to appeal, which initiates the appellate process. The notice to appeal is very short; once this process goes into effect, both sides will file the appellate brief. This is the document that raises the specific issues that will be reviewed by the appellate judge.

There is another series of briefs filed in order for the appellate court to agree to hear the case. Once the case is accepted by the court, the court will receive briefs from each side. The appellate brief is an influential document; it has been observed that many appeals are resolved on the merits of the brief.

The issues raised in the brief typically include a variety of procedural mistakes and errors relating to protocol:

Conflicts with legal precedence: Appellants often raise an issue because of a conflict with some existing legal precedent or higher constitutional law.

Improper procedures during court: If a procedural rule was violated during the trial, the appellate court may review the merits of this claim after reading the brief.

Unfair conduct or unfair court ruling: Unfairness is a common theme in appellate briefs. The case for why the issue is necessary to review will be addressed in the brief. Existing laws may be cited, and an argument will be made for why the action was unfair and should be overturned.

Motion to suppress evidence: This motion goes into effect on the basis of a claim that certain types of evidence should not be admissible on the basis of some reason, which is outlined in the brief. This reason is often related to procedural or statutory reasons, but it could be caused by a constitutional violation.

Prosecutorial misconduct: If the prosecutor presents false evidence, utilizes arguments deemed improper, discriminates during jury selection or fails to disclose exculpatory evidence, the appellate judge might consider ruling that prosecutorial misconduct occurred during the trial.

Writing an Appellate Brief

The purpose of the appellate brief is to influence the perception of the judge by presenting an argument as if from the judge’s point of view. Appeals are often won or rejected based on the skills of the appellate brief, so it’s critical to hire a skillful legal writer who is well-versed in the topics presented in the case.

Issues raised in the appellate brief should make a persuasive argument backed by existing case law, facts and logic. However, the narrative aspect of the appellate brief is also cited as extremely influential in creating a convincing presentation to the appellate judge.

The most successful appellate briefs are written in a way that the judge finds to be persuasive. Since many judges have general expertise without concentration in any one area of the law, it can be helpful to understand the particular perspective of the judge while crafting the appellate brief.

The issues within the brief itself must be presented in a light that is convincing in order to be persuasive. Facts that are relevant to the argument should bolster the main narrative without overshadowing the key points with jargon. The brief should contain a compelling legal argument framed with visual elements that frame the story; each sentence should help the judge to grasp the story with a minimal amount of effort.[3]





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!
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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.
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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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