Criminal and Family Law Appeals

When a trial or court ruling ends with an unfavorable result, there may be options for appealing that decision. What you need at that time is an experienced appellate attorney who understands and can execute on the unique needs of the appeals process.

The Skill to Handle Your Complex Appellate Court Proceedings

At Magner, Hueneke & Borda, LLP, our legal team has the unique skill set required for appeals in criminal and family law cases. We take on issues like error in fact, errors in law, improper sentencing or severity of sentencing, and other courtroom failings. In some cases, it may be necessary to challenge the law entirely.

These matters must be addressed through the appellate court process, specifically. This process is different from traditional courtroom proceedings in that much of the work involves researching the trial record, investigating the courtroom’s process and skillfully presenting a case in writing — not just in courtroom arguments.

What Is an Appeal, and Does Your Case Result Warrant an Appeal?

An appeal is not a trial re-do of your entire case. An appeal, instead, is a request to have a higher court review the decision of a lower court to potentially have that decision changed. This is sometimes done to challenge a ruling or conviction entirely. In other cases, it challenges the sentence.

Appeals are used in situations where the court made a significant error that would have impacted the ultimate ruling. This means that just because and error was made, it does not necessarily mean you are likely to have your conviction or the lower court’s decision overturned.

The only way to know if filing an appeal is right in your case is to have your situation analyzed by an experienced attorney. Contact our team to learn more about what is possible and how we can help you get the results you need.