Santa Barbara Appellate Attorneys

Wrongfully Convicted of a Crime in California?

Being convicted of a crime in California can change your life forever. Aside from serving jail or prison time and paying expensive fines, your reputation can be permanently ruined, making it difficult to take advantage of life’s opportunities, such as obtaining employment and purchasing a home or a vehicle.

If you were found guilty in trial courts, our Santa Barbara criminal defense attorneys possess the legal knowledge and experience to successfully file an appeal to overturn your conviction. Back by more than three decades of legal experience, we are completely capable of getting your life back on the right track.

Grounds for a Criminal Appeal in California

California appellate court trials are different from state criminal trials. In a criminal trial, it’s focused convincing the jury or judge that the evidence provided by the prosecution is enough to declare a person guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. However, in an appeal, the appellate court is interested in whether or not the legal process was unfairly and legally used, particularly regarding misconduct which made the criminal trial process prejudiced.

The common grounds for criminal appeal include the following:

  • Prosecutorial misconduct
  • Juror misconduct
  • Insufficiency of evidence
  • Judicial error
  • Harmless or plain error
  • Ineffective assistance of counsel

Let Our Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Attorneys Protect Your Rights & Reputation

When you have been inadequately convicted of a crime, it’s important to have a qualified lawyer who knows the state criminal appeals proceedings. At Appel & Morse, our legal team can search and determine all of the errors and misconduct which occurred during your criminal trial. With an exceptional track record of success defending our clients, we are confident in obtaining the results you desire and deserve.

Contact our firm and schedule your complimentary consultation today.