criminal appeals section

The Journey to Justice doesn't always end with a trial verdict. 

criminal appeals 

At Vargas Law Firm, we understand that a conviction is not always the end of the road. Our dedicated team of legal professionals specializes in criminal appeals, offering hope and legal recourse to those seeking to challenge unjust convictions and sentences. With a deep commitment to justice and an intricate understanding of appellate law, we stand ready to navigate the complexities of the appeals process on behalf of our clients.

Criminal appeals are a legal procedure through which an individual convicted of a crime can seek to have their conviction or sentence reviewed and possibly reversed by a higher court. This process is grounded in the belief that the justice system, while striving for fairness, can sometimes yield erroneous outcomes due to various factors, including legal misinterpretations, procedural errors, and misapplication of the law.

Case Evaluation

We begin with a thorough review of your case, including trial records, evidence, and verdicts, to identify viable grounds for appeal. This crucial step determines the strategic direction of your appeal.

filing the appeal

Our team meticulously prepares and files the necessary appellate briefs, outlining the legal arguments and evidence supporting the need for a review and reversal of the lower court's decision.

oral arguments

When oral arguments are scheduled, our experienced attorneys adeptly present your case before the appellate judges, advocating persuasively for the overturning of your conviction or sentence.

post decision support

Regardless of the appellate court's decision, our team provides comprehensive guidance on subsequent steps, whether it involves further appeals, adjustments to legal strategy, or navigating the implications of the court’s ruling.


what is a criminal appeal? 

A criminal appeal is a legal process in which a higher court reviews the decision of a lower court for errors in law or procedure. It’s an opportunity for defendants who believe they were wrongly convicted or unfairly sentenced to seek a review and possible reversal of their case.  Learn More. 

can any criminal conviction be appealed?

Most convictions can be appealed, but there are specific criteria and deadlines that must be met. The appeal must usually be based on alleged errors in the trial’s procedure or legal interpretation, not just dissatisfaction with the verdict.  Learn More

what happens during a criminal appeal? 

The appeals process primarily involves legal briefs written by both sides. The appellant's lawyer argues why the trial court’s decision was wrong, while the respondent's lawyer defends the trial court’s decision. In some cases, oral arguments may be presented before the appellate judges.  Learn More.

can new evidence be introduced in my appeal?

Generally, no. Appeals focus on the record and evidence presented at the original trial, reviewing for legal errors. New evidence is typically not considered unless it's a case of newly discovered evidence that couldn't have been presented at the original trial.  Learn More

what are the possible outcomes of an appeal? 

The appellate court may affirm the original decision, reverse the decision (which could lead to a new trial), or remand the case back to the lower court for further proceedings based on guidance from the appellate court.  Learn more

how long does the process take? 

The duration of the appeals process can vary widely, often taking several months to over a year, depending on the complexity of the case and the court's schedule.  Learn more.

what are the costs associated with filing an appeal? 

Costs can include filing fees, transcript costs, and attorney fees. Each case is unique, so it’s best to consult with an attorney for an estimate tailored to your specific situation.  Learn more.

can i represent myself in an appeal?

While you have the right to represent yourself, criminal appeals involve complex legal arguments best handled by an experienced appellate attorney familiar with procedural rules and appellate law.

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been convicted of a felony? 

If you or a loved one has been unjustly convicted and are considering an appeal, Vargas Law Firm is here to help. Our expertise in criminal appeals can provide you with the legal representation necessary to navigate this challenging process and pursue the justice you deserve.