Even if you are convicted of a crime, you may still have several options available to you. You might be able to challenge the legality of your criminal trial, which could result in an appellate court reducing your sentence or even overturning your conviction. To ensure your case is handled properly, you need the help of an experienced appellate and post-conviction relief lawyer.
I am Howard Bass, a Burnsville appeals lawyer with more than 25 years of experience. I have aggressively handled appeals, post-conviction relief and habeas corpus proceedings in the state and federal courts throughout Minnesota. Even if I did not handle the trial portion of your case, I can represent you at this stage. Contact my appeals firm today for a free consultation.
Not all attorneys practicing criminal law handle appeals, post-conviction relief and habeas corpus relief.
Can I Appeal My Conviction?
If you are convicted of a crime, you have the right to appeal the decision. However, appellate courts generally do not review the facts of a case. Instead, they examine how the lower court reached its decision, searching for mistakes in legal interpretation and procedure.
What is Post-Conviction Relief?
State and/or federal post-conviction proceedings may be available to you. This relief is not intended to determine your guilt or innocence, but rather to correct constitutional violations or injustices that occurred in your case. You might seek post-conviction relief if:
- New evidence has been discovered that proves your innocence
- Your trial lawyer did not represent you effectively
- Prosecution witnesses have recanted their false testimony at your trial
- The prosecution withheld evidence that would have been helpful to your defense at trial
- You did not receive due process or a fair trial
Your conviction or sentence was obtained in violation of your constitutional rights
What is Habeas Corpus?
If you are a prisoner who has been wrongfully detained, you may file for habeas corpus relief. This relief generally does not consider your guilt or innocence. Rather, it is used strictly to determine whether your imprisonment is lawful.
Experienced Representation is Critical
Appeals, post-conviction relief and habeas corpus proceedings are technical and complicated, governed by strict time and issue limitations. Due to the specialized nature of this work, it is vital that you retain the services of an experienced appellate and post-conviction relief attorney.
When Experience Matters, Contact My Firm
To determine whether or not you do have grounds to file an appeal or pursue post-conviction or habeas corpus relief, contact me online or call my office locally at 952-466-6718 or toll free at 888-340-9617.
I accept credit cards, offer free initial consultations and am conveniently located on County Road 42 in Burnsville, just three miles west of highways 35W and 35E. I am available for evening and weekend meetings.