When Is It a Good Idea to Appeal My Case?
That’s a question that can only really be answered by a lawyer who talks to you in-depth about what happened at your trial or before your guilty plea.
However, there are a few guidelines. If you’re looking to have your case reversed on appeal, it helps to have had a good lawyer at trial. The reason is that if your lawyer didn’t object to certain things at trial, your lawyer will have waived his right to object to those things on appeal. If your lawyer didn’t object to a whole bunch of bad evidence, there is not much your appellate lawyer is going to be able to do about it. It’s much better to have a competent lawyer who raised all the objections that he needed to so that those objections can be raised again on appeal. Having had a good trial lawyer will make your chances of success on appeal much better.
It also helps if the evidence at your trial was not great, so the case could have gone the other way with a different jury. The weaker the evidence is overall, the more likely an appellate court will find that a judge’s particular ruling to put in evidence or not would have affected the jury’s guilty verdict. On the other hand, the stronger the evidence, the less likely an appeal is going to be successful.
If you’re looking to file a post-conviction writ of habeas corpus, the more incompetent your trial lawyer was, the better your chances of success. That’s because most habeas writs raise ineffective assistance of counsel claims.
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