Washington DC Federal Criminal Appeals
A federal criminal convictions can be life changing. As a result, if you or a loved one has been convicted of a federal crime in Washington DC, appealing that conviction should be the focus of your energies. A federal criminal appeal in Washington DC involves case specific legal issues and as a result, working with an experienced attorney is extremely important.
At KaiserDillon PLLC we have extensive experience handling federal criminal appeals in Washington DC. We are dedicated to the efficient and effective representation of all of our clients looking to appeal federal criminal convictions and can help you throughout the process.
What Happens in a Federal Criminal Appeal
Like every legal proceeding, a federal criminal appeal in Washington DC is a multi-step process. It must be started quickly after the conviction is imposed but unfortunately, can take years to complete. While every case is different, federal criminal appeals cases typically follow these steps:
Step 1 is filing the “Notice of Appeal”. The “Notice of Appeal” is a short 1 to 2 page document that is filed with the court. This document provides formal notice to the court that you intend to appeal your conviction. It must be filed within 14 days from when the sentence is imposed or it will not be accepted and you will not be allowed to appeal.
Step 2 is compiling the record on appeal. The “record on appeal” will contain all documents and exhibits filed with the federal court. It will also include transcripts of the trial and any other in court proceedings, as well as a certified copy of the docket entries.
Step 3 is the submission of a written brief by your attorney. The brief is the most important part of the appeal. Appellate judges are not able to review new evidence when considering an appeal and this brief allows us to explain your position on the legal error(s) that occurred and how the court must fix the error(s). After our brief is submitted the government will submit a reply and we will be given an opportunity to submit a response to the government’s reply.
Step 4 is the presentation of oral arguments. After the appellate court has had the opportunity to read all of the briefs, your attorney will be given the opportunity to present clarification of your position by way of oral argument to the appellate court in Washington DC. At KaiserDillon PLLC we enjoy our time in the courtroom and have the experience you need to present an affective and persuasive oral argument.
Step 5 is waiting for the appellate court decision on your appeal. For many of our Washington DC criminal appeals clients this is the most difficult part of the process. At KaiserDillon PLLC we understand that waiting for a decision can be very frustrating and will do what we can to lessen the burden.
Effective representation is an absolute must when pursuing a federal criminal appeal in Washington DC and the attorneys at KaiserDillon PLLC have the experience you need to present a persuasive appeal.
We offer no obligation consultations to clients who need to appeal a federal criminal conviction in Washington DC and encourage you to call us at (202) 640-2850 to discuss your case. Remember, time is of the essence. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by.