The appeals process is one of the most important parts of the American justice system.  No court system is perfect, and as such appeals grant people who have been unjustly convicted of a crime a new hearing in order to present new evidence, provide new witnesses, or have a new trial free from earlier bias or prejudice.  An appeal petitions a higher court to review a lower court’s decision and could grant the defendant a new trial, reduce a sentence, or even drop all charges.

There are several reasons why a higher court may grant an appeal.  Some of the most common conditions are:

  • Violation of civil rights (i.e. no Miranda rights, etc)
  • Illegally obtained evidence or testimony
  • Failure of attorneys to proper represent their clients
  • Incorrect law used during trial
  • Failure of judge to properly instruct the jury
  • New evidence or testimony

The appeals process can take a good deal of time, especially if the legal issue in question involves serious charges.  The success or failure of an appeal greatly hinges upon the quality of the lawyer that organizes the case.  There are thousands of different variables to consider when assembling an appeal, and the smallest missed detail can have the largest repercussions.

If you or someone you love has been unjustly convicted of a crime in Oklahoma, or endures an unfair sentence, you need to consider consulting a dedicated and experienced Oklahoma appeal lawyer.  No person should sit in prison one second longer than they have to, and the sooner you begin your appeal case the sooner your loved one will enjoy the freedom they deserve.  Contact us at our Tulsa office today.