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Can you appeal a conviction if your attorney failed you?

On Behalf of | Jul 4, 2022 | Federal Appeals

While your attorney will do their best to fight the charges you face, there is no guarantee they will succeed. You might be angry at them if you did not win, but that alone is not sufficient grounds to appeal.

You may, however, be able to appeal your case if you can show that:

  • Your legal representative failed to do their job to a reasonable standard
  • The result would probably have been different if they had

The legal term for this kind of problem is the ineffective assistance of counsel.  Here are some of the reasons it might occur:

A lack of time

Attorneys who work as public defenders often have too many clients at once. Hence they cannot dedicate the time they should to each case, which reduces the chance they get the results you would expect from someone who did dedicate sufficient time. 

A lack of experience or subject-specific knowledge

In an ideal world, every attorney would turn down cases that they do not have the relevant knowledge or experience for, and clients would be free to choose from a range of suitable alternatives. Yet when using public defenders, there is sometimes no one of an appropriate level available, so a defendant who cannot afford to hire a private firm is forced to take it or leave it.

The Sixth Amendment gives you the right to a fair trial and effective counsel. If you believe you did not get it, you may have a reason to appeal your conviction. Seek legal help to understand more. Remember, this is your liberty at stake, so it is worth investigating all avenues.