Criminal Defense Lawyer Handling Appeals for Berks County Residents
Four decades’ experience in filing appeals
If convicted of a crime, you may appeal to a higher court and have your case reviewed for legal errors. However, it is vital to the success of your appeal that you hire an attorney who has substantial trial experience. For more than 40 years, David R. Eshelman has been defending the rights of individuals accused of virtually every type of crime. To find out more about how David R. Eshelman can assist you, contact us as soon as possible.
How does the appeal process work in Pennsylvania?
When you file an appeal, you request that a higher court review the record of the court proceedings that led to your conviction. The higher court will not consider any new evidence and will only look for errors that affected the decision of the jury or the sentence imposed.
Below are the steps your Reading criminal defense law firm can assist you with after a conviction:
- A reversal of the conviction: After carefully reviewing your case, you and your attorney may convince the trial court that there was not enough evidence to convict you.
- A motion for a new trial: You may also ask the court for a new trial because of legal errors made with the jury, evidence and procedures.
- Appeal to the state appellate court: Your next step is to file an appeal to the state appellate court on grounds of the same legal errors.
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court appeal: If your appeal to an intermediate state appellate court fails, you may then ask the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to hear your case.
- Appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court: With the help of a knowledgeable criminal defense law firm in Berks County, you may be able to prove that there was a constitutional violation in the proceedings. As a result, you may ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review your case.
A conviction can devastate you and your family and affect your lives for years to come. However, an experienced attorney can help you file an appeal and give you a second chance.