Portage Michigan Attorney for Post-Conviction Matters
If you think you have been wrongly convicted of a crime or that the trial procedure used in court was improper, you may have the option of an appeal available to you. Unfortunately, there are time limits and you should contact an appellate attorney as soon as possible.
At the law firm of Peter A. D' Angelo, PLC, we handle appeals and post conviction motions in Portage, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and other communities throughout Western Michigan. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
How Is an Appeal Different From a Trial?
An appeal differs from a trial in that an appeal is limited to an examination of the proceedings in the lower courts. The purpose of the appeal is not to retry the case, but to determine if the lower court made a mistake or your trial was fraught with error. An appellate attorney will not usually have the opportunity to raise issues or arguments not raised before the trial court. Instead, the appeals process is based on the testimony, documents and rulings of the lower court proceeding.
Appeals are usually based on issues such as:
- A lower court applying the law incorrectly
- A finding by a judge or jury that is not supported by evidence
- Incorrect procedures used by the attorneys at trial
Criminal appeals are a specialized area of law, and it is important for you to select a lawyer who has excellent research and writing skills. The appeal will consist of written briefs, followed by oral arguments before an appellate court in Michigan.
Free Criminal Appeal Attorney Consultation
Please contact us at 269-488-0089 or send us an e-mail to schedule a free initial consultation with our Kalamazoo criminal appeal attorneys. We are available 24/7. Jail visits are available.