Criminal Appeal Law

Experienced Massachusetts Criminal Appeals Lawyers

Criminal Appeals

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.

In a “direct appeal,” a defendant is showing an appellate court that he or she did not receive a fair trial. 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.

Our Process

  1. We review your trial attorney’s file, the court file, the transcripts, and perform an investigation as needed.
  2. We research the latest developments in the law on the appellate issues we discovered.
  3. We meet with you and jointly develop a strategy for the appeal.
  4. Finally, we write a convincing legal argument (called a “brief”), explaining why you were wrongfully convicted or why you are entitled to other relief. The client always has final say on what is filed in court.
  5. After the Commonwealth files its brief we then “argue” your appeal to a panel of appellate court judges in Boston.

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What’s a Post-Conviction Motion?

A post-conviction motion is typically a Rule 30 Motion for New Trial, or a Rule 29 Motion to Revise and Revoke. In a motion for new trial, a defendant is going back to the trial judge to ask for a new trial (or to withdraw a guilty plea) in the interests of justice. In a Motion to Revise and Revoke, a defendant is just asking the judge to change the sentence.  If either of these motions is denied, a defendant can appeal to an appellate court.  A Superior Court sentence can also be challenged in a sentencing appeal to the Appellate Division of the Superior Court.

Client's Testimonial

I just want to say thank you; my family and I really appreciate the time and dedication you’re putting into my case; I am grateful beyond words and can’t emphasize enough how much I am in debt to you. My last lawyer seemed to give up towards the end of my trial, but you seem like a whole other caliber in comparison. – Jose

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