Direct Appeals in Pennsylvania
Our Harrisburg Direct Appeal Attorney Can Help You
Getting convicted is the worst thing that can happen in a criminal case. However, a conviction is not the end of the road to freedom. The only way to get your charges and penalties dismissed is through a direct appeal, which is the first appeal to have independent judges assess your case.
If you or a loved one has recently been convicted of a crime in Central Pennsylvania, our Harrisburg direct appeal lawyer at Holt Law is ready to fight for you in appellate court. We will exercise every legal avenue to help reclaim your freedom and protect your future. Do not give up hope and let our firm continue the fight for you.
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Pennsylvania Appeal Process
You or your loved one must file the Notice of Appeal with the county clerk of courts within 30 days of the day of sentencing in order to exercise your right to a direct appeal. Another option is filing a Motion for Reconsideration within ten days of sentencing to temporarily pause the thirty-day window to file a Notice of Appeal. However, if the judges deny the Motion for Reconsideration, the clock starts again with a new 30-day window. If the court doesn’t make a decision on the Motion for Reconsideration within 120 days, then it is automatically denied.
The Motion for Reconsideration can be filed to challenge the sufficiency of the evidence or the sentence. Before you can appeal a case, this motion needs to be filed to give the court a chance to correct their errors. The direct appeal starts when the Motion for Reconsideration is denied.
The following are common issues raised on direct appeal:
- The judge committed a mistake
- Misconduct by the district attorney or prosecutor
- Lack of evidence
- Sentencing issues
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Our Harrisburg direct appeal attorney can thoroughly review your case and figure out all your available legal options to contest your conviction and sentence. We will not give up hope until all options are exhausted.
For more information about the appeals process, contact us today.
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