Both writs and appeals offer an avenue to challenge issues that were incorrectly decided before or at a trial or proceeding. They are time-consuming and require not only a comprehensive review of the legal and factual issues raised throughout a case, but a thorough understanding and experience with the legal system.
What is an Appeal?
The appeal process usually begins after a case has been decided. The appeal is made to a higher court in an attempt to get the lower court’s ruling overturned. The process can be arduous, but can result in a reversal of what has already been decided.
An appeal in a criminal conviction can focus on the conviction itself or can focus on just the sentencing portion of a conviction. An appeal does not automatically constitute a new trial.
What is a Writ?
Writs can be more challenging to have granted because nearly all of writ requests are denied. According to California law, they are only granted in “extraordinary” cases. A writ is an order from a higher court to take a certain action. A writ gives the case an appellate review of any decisions made in court and before a final verdict has been made.
We understand that just because a case has been considered decided within a court of law, the matter may still need to be reopened for discussion.
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If you need to file for an appeal or writ, it is IMPERATIVE to obtain a California criminal defense attorney who understands the legal system and is experienced with working with the local courts. Whether you need to file an appeal in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, Riverside County or San Bernardino County or San Diego, we have you covered. We have developed a very detailed database which tracks the decision making of specific judges and prosecutors and we base our strategies on those decisions as well as additional research.
Contact the criminal defense attorneys at the The Criminal Defense CA Firm today and we can prepare for your writ or appeal. We are available around the clock, so don’t hesitate to contact us now!