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Statesville Criminal Appeals Lawyer

Wrongfully convicted of a crime in North Carolina?

Were you wrongfully convicted or sentenced? If so, you have the right to seek to clear your name through the appeals process. It is extremely important that you have professional representation for the appeals process, whether involving a wrongful conviction or a sentence that should be reduced. The founder of Cobb Law PLLC, Lee M. Cobb, is fiercely dedicated to protecting his clients and in pursuing a favorable ruling.

We will give you exceptional legal representation in a criminal appeal, and we will ensure that you are kept abreast of the information about your case as it progresses through the system. Our primary concern is keeping our clients fully informed, and to work in close collaboration with them at every step of the process.

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How do I file for an appeal?

Appealing a criminal conviction can be a lengthy undertaking. If you were wrongfully convicted, you have an opportunity to appeal the conviction. Most law firms do not get involved in appeals, as the work involved is extensive. If you need to appeal a criminal conviction, you must give notice of your intended appeal within 14 days after sentencing. As time is of the essence, we urge you to connect with our professional team immediately if you believe you have been the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

The appeals process begins with a request for an official transcript of your trial. In most cases, the court reporter will have 60 days to prepare the transcript; however, in a capital crime conviction with the death sentence imposed, the reporter has 120 days to provide you with the transcript. Once your lawyer has the transcript, there are 35 days to prepare the Record on Appeal, or 70 days for a capital case. The Record on Appeal outlines the legal errors that prevented you from having a fair trial, or instances of jury misconduct, prosecutorial misconduct or other situation that had it not taken place, you may not have been found guilty of the crime.

The Record is then submitted to the prosecutor, who has 21 days, or 35 in a capital case, to decide if he or she will agree to the appeal, object to parts of it, or add information to it. After the Record is agreed upon, it is sent to the Attorney General's Office, and then assigned to the appellate court. An appeal is typically heard by a panel of 3 judges who will first make a decision on whether your appeal has merit. The case is held to a high standard, and minor errors that would not impact a case significantly are not be considered adequate reason to grant an appeal.

Contact Our Team for Tough Defense in Your Appeals Case

When you retain the services of a Statesville appeals lawyer from our firm, you can rest assured that your appeal will be addressed with the highest level of legal skill. Only a few criminal appeals are successful, and our intensive research into case law for precedent, the trial and any violations of correct legal procedure can greatly increase the potential of having a new trial or reduced sentencing approved by the appellate court. Contact us for skilled legal representation immediately.

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