At The Blanch Law Firm, our criminal defense attorney team specializes in criminal appeals, a complicated and often vital part of any case. A criminal appeals attorney could be your last hope for avoiding jail time, heavy fines, years of probation and much more. Our team is comprised of attorneys who know and understand criminal from the inside out. Our criminal appeals lawyers operate very differently from the rest of our criminal defense and criminal trial practice. The reason for that is one of necessity, which is discussed herein. The required knowledge of criminal law is the same for every attorney practicing with us, but the procedure and strategy employed in an appeal is entirely unique. This is why we recommend hiring a criminal appeals lawyer only where that lawyer can be free of the routine day to day distractions associated with the criminal trial practice. We have in-depth knowledge of the New York Court of Appeals, as well as other appeals courts.
A busy sole practitioner in the criminal defense law field would be well advised to focus his or her practice exclusively on appeals from criminal convictions (and the related sentence), or on criminal defense and trial practice. Mounting a criminal defense is a noisy, fast moving process where the most aggressive and focused criminal attorney can often best his prosecutorial opponent. The clock is ticking as the criminal lawyer and his client approach trial. To learn more about the criminal defense process, Contact The Blanch Law Firm today at 212-736-3900.
By contrast, an appellate lawyer who strives for excellence in the criminal appeals profession, needs to operate in a quiet, studious environment to carefully review, research and consider every detail that transpired throughout the criminal case. The prosecution’s case needs to be considered. The defense that should have been presented as well as the defense that was presented must be carefully analyzed. The criminal court judge’s rulings on evidentiary objections (and others) must all be researched to determine if the criminal court erred in any ruling. Assuming the court did make mistakes (and in a long trial, for example, judges always do) the criminal appeals attorney must then argue that the mistake affected the client’s outcome. If the mistakes or omissions on the part of either criminal lawyer or the judge resulted in harmless error, the convicted defendant will be granted no relief.
As you might have gathered, researching and preparing an appeal of a conviction is an extremely tedious, time intensive process. It is akin to sifting through numerous haystacks in search of hundreds of tiny needles. Once the needles are gathered they must then be scrutinized under the microscope of legal analysis and precedent.
If you or someone you know has been convicted of crime in federal court or state court, anywhere in the country, Contact The Blanch Law Firm to speak to a criminal appeals defense attorney who will provide one free case analysis.
The criminal appeals attorney team at our criminal law offices practice criminal defense in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Long Island, Queens, Westchester, Staten Island and throughout New York City and New York State. We also have experience in the Southern District of New York Courts. Call us today to learn more about our criminal defense lawyers in New York.