How long will it take for an appeal?

The appellate process can be frustrating because it can take a very long time to get a ruling. During the delay, a defendant may needlessly serve time in jail or be unable to obtain employment. The best hope of winning is with a highly experienced appellate lawyer.

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The Time Frame for Appeal Depends on Several Factors

According to the Michigan Court of Appeals, the time frame for deciding an appeal depends on various factors. Certain cases, such as child custody matters (including child abuse and neglect), are given priority status. In some cases, the Court of Appeals may order the expedited processing of a case. An expedited basis means the case is fast-tracked, and there will be an expedited decision. Much to many criminal appellant’s dismay, approximately ninety percent of all criminal cases before the Court of Appeals are concluded within 18 months of their filing. The length of time to complete a case is affected by the time required for preparation of the lower court record, the filing of the parties’ briefs, the time it takes for transcripts to be prepared, the volume of cases before the Court, and the Court staffing resources. In many cases, a criminal defendant is incarcerated in jail or prison, and the hope is that the Court of Appeals will expedite cases where a person’s liberty is a stake.

Just know, if you are wondering, “How long will it take to get a decision on my criminal appeal?” you are not alone.

Considering an Appeal of a Criminal Conviction or Sentence?

Appeals are frequent in many criminal cases, including murder trials, white-collar crimes, domestic violence, DUI, OWI, drunk driving, criminal sexual conduct, assault, drug offenses, and other felonies or misdemeanor crimes. A Michigan appellate lawyer can appeal a conviction, sentence, or an inappropriate decision at a motion hearing by filing an appeal or by taking other actions including:

  • Motion to Change or Withdraw a Plea
  • Motion for Directed Verdict
  • Motion for Ginther Hearing
  • Motion for a New Trial
  • Sentence Appeals, Reversals and Modifications
  • Post-Conviction Motion
  • Motion for Relief from Judgment
  • Motion to Set Aside a Conviction
  • Writs of Certiorari
  • Writs of Mandamus
  • Writs of Habeas Corpus
  • Appeal to the Michigan Court of Appeal
  • Appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court
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Getting results! Top Appellate Defense Attorneys

Every defendant charged with a crime has the odds stacked against him or her because the legal system is designed to get convictions, not justice. Prosecutors, as opposed to defense lawyers, are given special deference by judges and court staff. Juries can see that sheriff’s deputies guard a defendant in the courtroom. Judges routinely rule in favor of the prosecution without fairly and thoroughly considering many legal and factual issues. And if there is an error at trial, in the plea-bargaining process, or at sentencing? It is highly likely the Court of Appeals or Michigan Supreme Court will rule that the error was “harmless” and maintain the conviction. The system is ultimately a conviction machine, and it just seeks to collect as much money as possible and keep employment secure for court employees, prosecutors, and judges.

After there is a conviction, appellate judges step in to make sure the conviction is maintained. Unless there is a legal error so monumental that it obviously caused legal prejudice to the defendant, judges affirm convictions without a second thought.

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How to win an appeal?

How do you win an appeal? A top criminal appellate lawyer never takes a case lightly or assumes that a trial level error will be recognized. To prevail on appeal, the appellate lawyer must be highly credible, thoroughly researched, persuasive, and he or she must be able to tell the defendant’s story in a way that convinces a panel of judges that there is no alternative but to grant the defendant appellate relief. Appellate relief can mean overturning a conviction, ordering the suppression of evidence, throwing out an excessive sentence, or many other things.

If you or a loved one is in need of a criminal appellate lawyer, please do not hesitate to call the experienced appellate attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. for a free consultation.

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