Why People Convicted of a Crime Should Consult a Criminal Appeals Lawyer
Counseling criminal defendants in Los Angeles and across California
If you have stood trial and been convicted of a crime, you may not have reached the end of the road. Our courts fully recognize the gravity of criminal cases and provide ample opportunities to seek appeals. However, appeals are vastly different from criminal litigation, and many lawyers have only limited experience in the process. At The Law Offices of E. Thomas Dunn, Jr. we consider criminal appeals to be the cornerstone of our practice. Our staff of experienced appellate advocates includes one of only seven attorneys in all of California who is dual certified in both criminal law and appeals.
Types of criminal appeals
As criminal appeals attorneys serving San Francisco and Los Angeles, we strive to be thorough and creative in identifying errors that may have deprived our clients of a fair trial. While nearly every decision made during the criminal trial process can potentially give rise to a reversal upon review, there are several avenues of appeal that are common in criminal matters:
- Fourth Amendment appeals — Under our principles of criminal procedure, any evidence obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment must be excluded at trial. When a criminal conviction is based on evidence obtained during an illegal search, a direct criminal appeal might result in a new trial. Our attorneys review the evidentiary determinations made by the court to identify appealable issues and present them to an appeals court
- Fifth Amendment appeals — Even when a suspect confesses to a crime, that does not necessarily mean his or her conviction is assured. The Fifth Amendment places strict limitations on police interrogation and the circumstances when a confession can be used in court. If you were convicted based on an illegal confession, a criminal appeals attorney may be able to get you a new trial
- Sentencing appeals — Even in cases where there is little support for appealing a conviction, a defendant can still consider seeking review of the sentence imposed. While judges do have discretion in sentencing, that discretion is tempered by law as well as complex sentencing guidelines. An attorney with a firm understanding of how these laws work can make a compelling argument for a downward modification of the sentence imposed
Contact us today to arrange a review of your conviction or sentence
The Law Offices of E. Thomas Dunn, Jr. has helped numerous individuals who have been convicted in California’s state and federal courts seek review of their convictions and sentences through effective criminal appeals. Call us today at 714.258.8829 or contact us online to arrange a free one-hour consultation to review your case with an experienced attorney.