Appeals And Post-Conviction Relief Can Provide A New Start
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 conviction or sentence, which could result in an appellate court reducing your sentence or even reversing your conviction. To ensure your case is handled properly, you need the assistance of an experienced appellate and post-conviction relief lawyer.
I am Howard Bass, a Burnsville criminal appeals lawyer with more than 30 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 represent you at trial, I can represent you at this stage. Contact my firm today for a free consultation.
Can I Appeal My Conviction?
If you are convicted of a crime, you have the right to appeal the guilty verdict and your sentence. However, appellate courts generally do not review the facts of a case. Instead, they examine whether errors of law occurred at your trial.
What Is Post-Conviction Relief?
State and/or federal post-conviction proceedings also may be available to you. This relief is not intended to determine your guilt or innocence, but rather to correct constitutional or statutory 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.
Put My Experience To Work For You
I accept credit cards, offer free initial consultations and am conveniently located on County Road 42 in Burnsville, just two miles west of the junction of 35W and 35E. I am available for evening and weekend meetings.