CRIMINAL APPEALS ATTORNEY IN BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA
Criminal appeals in Alabama are time consuming complex matters. On appeal, the lawyer will need to order a copy of all pleadings, transcripts and review all documents in your case. It is not unusual to spend some 30-40 hours just reviewing the case in order to determine what issues are relevant for an appeal.
If you are seeking a criminal appeals attorney, Joseph A. Ingram at Ingram Law LLC has years of experience in appellate work before the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and the Alabama Supreme Court. In most cases, a person will get only one chance before the Court of Criminal Appeals to have their case reversed and remanded for a new trial or sentencing. It is important to seek quality legal counsel that will review the trial record for all issues of appeal.
Additionally, it is not unusual for a client to ask for a second opinion regarding an appeal, just as you would ask for a second opinion from another doctor before you decide to have surgery. You deserve and should ask for a review of your case if you believe there were mistakes made during the process.
Any time you are convicted of a crime, whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony offense, a person may have lost hope and want to give up. A conviction may result in the loss of your job, you may be required to register as a sex offender, loss of federal benefits, and loss of your rights to own a firearm or the right to vote. It is always your legal right to seek a review of a conviction.
I have been asked the same question many times. “Mr. Ingram, if I appeal my conviction, could my outcome be worse the second time around?” The answer is NO! You are entitled to a review of your case in almost all instances. Good judges make mistakes, prosecutors make mistakes, and sometimes the result is just wrong. It is possible that the jury was wrong, the trial lawyer did not object to evidence, or the sentence you received was unreasonable. An appeal is a second chance to get it right.
The criminal appeals process involves, first and foremost, discovering what went wrong at trial and what caused the unjust sentence or wrongful verdict. Some of the typical causes of unjust trial results are:
- misconduct by the prosecutor
- mistakes by the defendant’s trial attorney
- the trial court allowed improper prosecution evidence
- the trial court excluded defense evidence which the jury should have heard
- the trial court failed to consider factors in favor of a more lenient sentence.
Any of these problems can justify a new trial or a new sentence. Call an experienced Birmingham criminal appeals attorney to review your case. Joseph A. Ingram has the knowledge, experience, skill, and credibility before the state appeals courts in Alabama. Ingram Law LLC has experience in oral arguments before the Court of Civil Appeals, the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia.
Call to speak with attorney Joseph A. Ingram with Ingram Law LLC today at 205-335-2640 or contact me online to schedule a consultation to discuss your criminal appeals case, find out what your post-conviction legal options are and answer your questions.
My office is located at 3 Office Park Circle Suite 230, Birmingham, AL 35223.