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. Backed by more than three decades of legal experience, we are completely capable of getting your life back on the right track.
Why Hire Appel & Morse?
- Experience from former prosecutors
- Individualized legal service
- Appointments available on evenings and weekends
- Free case evaluations
Learn more about your legal options by contacting our firm today!
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.
“Ian is awesome and I highly recommend him to anyone in my circumstance.”- Jeff E.
“He is the perfect lawyer for criminal cases. Thank you Ian.”- Anonymous
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