Criminal Trial Sentence & Direct Appeal
A direct appeal is an appeal that needs to be made immediately after sentencing for a criminal conviction. A knowledgeable criminal appeals attorney, such as those found at the Law Offices of Ronald A. Ziff, has to file a Notice of Appeal within 10 days after a federal case or more after a California state court case.
After a Notice of Appeal has been filed, you will be assisted in understanding how the record on appeal is created, how your case will be reviewed by the courts of appeal, and the possible issues that may be raised.
Factors Surrounding a Direct Appeal
In most cases, the direct appeal is limited to the facts that are in the record, including the issues brought up at trial or during a pretrial motion. In order to win on direct appeal, the following scenarios must have taken place:
- An “error” must have been committed by the trial judge
- When it was made, this error must have been challenged by the defense attorney
- The error must have negatively impacted your conviction or sentence in some way
The direct appeal process will result in one of the following outcomes:
- A new trial will be assigned
- A new sentence will be determined
- The conviction can be overturned and not retried
- The conviction will remain the same
If you or someone you know was recently convicted as the result of a criminal trial, you have a small window of opportunity to contact a criminal appeals lawyer, such as Ronald A. Ziff or Abby Besser Klein, who will begin the direct appeal process.
Preserve your appeal rights today by contacting the Law Offices of Ronald A. Ziff and learn how you can appeal your conviction and potentially change its outcome.