If you’re reading this, it probably means you or a loved one have been convicted of a crime. Now you want to appeal. You came to the right place. We’ve handled hundreds of appeals, from first degree murder convictions (M1) to simple misdemeanors.
When we appeal a case, we look for every possible legal issue. We argue mistakes made by the judge, the prosecutor, and even your own trial lawyer. It’s a good idea to hire a different lawyer for your appeal, so that a “fresh set of eyes” looks at your case. If your trial attorney made a mistake, we will zealously pursue an Ineffective Assistance of Counsel (IAC) claim.
Handling a criminal appeal involves reviewing everything about a case. This includes obtaining and reviewing your trial attorney’s file, looking at the court file, reading the trial transcripts, and sometimes performing an investigation. Most important is the client meeting, where we jointly develop a strategy for the appeal. At the same time, we’re researching the latest developments in the law on the issues we discovered.
Finally, we write a convincing legal argument (called a “brief”), explaining why you were wrongfully convicted or why you are entitled to other relief. We know that this appeal could be the most important moment in your life. As such, our policy is to provide a copy of the brief to a client before it’s filed in court, for the client to review. Our clients have approved every brief we’ve filed in court.
Our work does not stop there. After all the paperwork is filed, we then “argue” your appeal to a panel of appellate court judges. To see us in court on some of our actual appeals, visit our Courtroom TV webpage. To see our past and pending cases, go to the official Massachusetts appellate courts website.
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- Motions for New Trial (Rule 30)
- Motions to Withdraw Guilty Pleas
- Motions to Revise and Revoke
- Sentence appeals
- Appeals of collateral motions
What’s a Post-Conviction Motion?
In a “direct appeal,” a defendant is showing an appellate court that he or she did not receive a fair trial. In a Post-Conviction Motion, a defendant goes back to the trial judge and asks for a new trial (or to withdraw a guilty plea) because of newly-discovered evidence or for other reasons. A defendant may also challenge the length of his sentence. If the trial judge denies any of those motions, a defendant can generally appeal.