What Is An Appeal?

A defendant who is found guilty of some or all charges is entitled to an appeal to at least one level of appellate court. There are several levels of courts to appeal to; an example would be appealing to the circuit court of appeals first and then up to the next level. This can potentially continue on until it reached the Supreme Court of the United States. An appeal is a formal request that a higher court review the decisions or actions of a lower court. The defendant that is found guilty in the lower court usually makes an appeal. Some grounds for an appeal may include insufficient evidence, violation of rights or possible mistakes made by the judge or even how the jury handled the case.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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