Criminal matters sometimes have to be appealed. This involves a very complex process that you have to comply with if you want a chance of success. While it’s possible to have your defense attorney do this, it might be necessary to have a new attorney working on this matter.
There are strict time limits that apply to criminal appeals. For example, you need to file a notice of appeal before you can move any further, but the time limit to do this is short – 14 days in many cases, but sometimes less. Many people think this means that the entire appeal has to be launched in only days; however, that’s not what this means.
Notice of appeal is a short document
The notice of appeal is a very short document, often only a page or two that notifies the applicable courts that the appeal is coming. Once this notice is filed, you’ll have longer to get the full appeal together. This must be done very specifically because of the limitations of appeals.
The appeal that you file can’t include new evidence. Instead, it must outline exactly why the appeal should be granted. These written arguments are typically all that are allowed in the appeal of a criminal matter, so they must be presented properly.
It’s always best to have someone on your side who understands the appeals process. There may not be a swift way to have your case reviewed, so you must be prepared to wait. It’s crucial that you comply with all deadlines, which means you can’t waste time if you do wish to appeal.