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Appealing a Criminal Conviction

Criminal Defense Lawyer for Central Indiana & Indianapolis

Did you know that you can appeal a criminal conviction? Some individuals may be eligible to challenge the sentencing or conviction that they have been dealt. In order to appeal, it is important that you work with an attorney who has experience handling appeals.

At Keffer Barnhart LLP, we are proud to offer quality representation to our clients who are considering appealing their criminal convictions or who are interested in pursuing post-conviction relief. When you work with an Indianapolis criminal defense lawyer from our firm, we can take the time to fully review your case and determine your eligibility to legally file for an appeal.

Criminal Appeals in Indiana

When you appeal a conviction, you are asking a higher court known as an appellate court to review your case and the conviction. An appeal is not a new trial, just a review of your previous trial and sentencing. In order to appeal a case, you will need to have enough evidence to justify that the verdict brought against you was incorrect or that there were mistakes in the handling of the case during the trial.

When you work with our firm, we can thoroughly investigate your original case and help file necessary paperwork with the appellate court within thirty days. It is important that you work with an Indianapolis attorney from our team soon though because you only have 30 days to pursue a direct appeal!

Determining Eligibility for an Appeal

To determine eligibility to appeal a case, you need to first speak with an attorney. You do not necessarily need to use the same attorney who represented you during your original hearing and trial; you can work with a different law firm if you choose to do so or if you find it necessary because your original attorney made errors in handling your case or is not experienced in handling appeals.

At Keffer Barnhart LLP, we are proud to have assisted many clients throughout complex criminal cases and appeals and we may be able to use our comprehensive and experienced approach to your advantage in your appeal. In addition to our appeals services, our firm assists clients with seeking post-conviction relief (PCR).

If you have questions regarding an appeal, or if you are looking for a sentence modification, contact Keffer Barnhart LLP right away.

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