Pennsylvania Appeals Attorney
If you have been found guilty or have plead guilty, you still have the right to file a direct appeal. In other words, you can keep fighting. In Pennsylvania, there are two types of appeals: a direct appeal and a petition under the Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA). The appeals attorneys at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania firm of The Zeiger Firm have been successful in handling both direct appeals and PCRA petitions. In a direct appeal our lawyers appeal all of the issues from your pre-trial motions, trial, guilty plea, and/or sentencing. In your PCRA our attorney argue that your previous lawyer did a bad job, that is that you had ineffective assistance of counsel, or that something that happened during your case was a constitutional violation.
After being convicted of or pleading guilty to a crime, many individuals want a fresh set of eyes to review their case and to determine whether there are reasons why the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, or the Appellate Division, or the should either reverse the conviction or reduce the sentence imposed by the judge.
Unlike at a trial, on appeal, the issue in an appeal generally is whether the trial court made a legal error that affected the verdict or the sentence in your case. If the mistake was important, the conviction or sentence may be reversed, or a new trial could be awarded. Or, if the Judge made other errors, you could be entitled to a new sentencing hearing or the sentence could be reduced. But fresh eyes can make all the difference. That is why it is so critical to hire an attorney who understands the law relating to appeals and the procedures that apply to these cases.
If both the direct appeal and the PCRA are denied, you can still challenge your case on appeal by going to federal court and filing a Habeas Corpus Petition. In a Habeas, you are saying that the state did not afford you with your minimally guaranteed federal constitutional rights.
At The Zeiger Firm, we represent individuals seeking new counsel to their handle criminal appeals in Pennsylvania. Our criminal defense attorneys are zealous advocates who have represented many persons in appeals from their convictions and sentences.
To learn more about all types of federal and state appellate issues click below for more information:
- Direct Appeal
- Federal Appeal
- Habeas Corpus Appeal
- PCRA | Post Conviction Relief Act
- Rule 35 & 2255 Motions
- Sentencing Challenges
When you need a Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney to represent you in an appeal from a sentence or conviction in a Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, contact The Zeiger Firm, where our goal is to represent every client zealously and to obtain the best results possible in each case. To arrange a consultation, please give us a call at 215-546-0340 or send us an email via the form below.