"I'm going to appeal," said every person who was unhappy with the outcome of their matter in court. Appeals exist to challenge an order of the court. Perhaps you have found yourself in a position where the court has found you guilty when you think that should not have happened or you have received a sentence that is too harsh. Appeals can help you correct an error, unfairness, or miscarriage of justice that you may have experienced. However, simply because you disagree with the court's decision does not give you the right to an appeal.
There are strict deadlines that must be followed if you wish to have an appeal so you should speak to an appellate lawyer immediately. Criminal appeals are very complicated. An appellate lawyer can help inform you whether you have a right to appeal and what grounds of appeal might be available to you. Not everyone will have a right to appeal so it is important to find out what your rights are and how to maintain those rights.
It is important to recognize that appeals are nothing like trials. Appeals occur in a different court and are often heard by a panel of judges, not just one judge. Appeals require strong written advocacy when submitting your written argument, and strong oral advocacy when making your argument in front of the court. Appeals require a high level of knowledge and understanding of the law. Appeals also have 'red tape' and special rules that need to be navigated in order to have a chance at a successful appeal. For these reasons, it is essential to get appellate counsel to assist with your appeal.
King Defence can inform you of your rights and present your appeal to the courts. Please do not hesitate to contact us as appeals are very time sensitive.