Criminal appeals are often long and complicated. Learn all about them here—in plain English.
Appealing a Conviction
An acquittal ends a case, but convictions are subject to appeal. Learn about the appeals process here.
Criminal convictions are often followed by appeals, which are quite different from trials.
Appealing a Sentence
The odds aren’t always great, but it’s possible to challenge a sentence.
Appeals: Timeline and Process
Criminal appeals involve detailed procedure. They typically take months, if not longer, to play out.
Making a Good Record for Appeal
Good defense lawyers will make sure every important issue at trial is “on the record” so that an appellate court can review it if the defendant is convicted.
Self-Representation on Appeal
Defendants should think long and hard before representing themselves at trial or on appeal.
Appeals and "Harmless" Errors
Courts consider many errors to be "harmless," meaning that they won't do anything about them. But other errors will lead to reversed convictions or modified sentences.
Appeals and the Writ of Habeas Corpus FAQ
Here's some basic information about appeals and the writ of habeas corpus.