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Federal Appellate Lawyer DC

Each federal appellate lawyer at The Federal Practice Group, located in DC, has decades of legal experience representing clients accused of white collar crimes, violent crimes, felonies, and less serious crimes. We also provide post-conviction representation in pursuit of an appeal and post-conviction relief. If you or a loved one was convicted of a crime and have exhausted all legal options other than a federal criminal appeal, contact a federal appellate lawyer in DC and request a consultation. During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to get answers to your questions. In the meantime, here are answers to some of the common questions each DC federal appellate lawyer from our firm receives from clients.

Is a federal criminal appeal like a retrial?

Many people make the false assumption that a federal criminal appeal is the same thing as a retrial, but it is in actuality very different. It is also not a rehearing of the evidence that was presented in the earlier trial that resulted in a conviction. Also known as a direct appeal, a federal criminal appeal is a legal proceeding in which the convicted individual’s federal appellate lawyer files a brief with the District Court in DC in response to legal errors that occurred in the original trial. In addition:

  •         The federal appellate lawyer in DC will handle the appeal mostly on a written basis, rather than in court.
  •         During a federal criminal appeal proceeding, no one will take the witness stand, no court reporters, and no jury.
  •         The convicted person’s DC federal appellate lawyer does not submit new evidence; rather, the Court will consider their arguments and resolve the legal issues that are raised based on the evidence presented during the trial.

Is a federal criminal appeal the same as a notice of appeal?

They are not the same. A notice of appeal is when the federal appellate lawyer notifies the appellate court and the District Court in DC of their intention to appeal a prior court decision on their client’s conviction case. Usually, the intention to appeal must be filed with the federal court within 10 days of the conviction or judgment that resulted from the trial. Because of the tight deadline, it’s important to contact a federal appellate lawyer at The Federal Practice Group in DC as soon as possible after the conviction, or even during the tail end of the court in the event that the judgement is not in the defendant’s favor.

Is the federal criminal appeals process fast or slow?

In most cases, the process is slow. What can add to the defendant’s frustration is the prospect of serving their sentence in prison and the desire to move to the federal criminal appeals as quickly as possible. This is, of course, understandable, as each federal appellate lawyer in DC understands very well. The process can take months to a year or longer. Generally, this is because of the significant backlog of cases that must be heard ahead of new ones.

If you would like to explore the possibility of filing an appeal, contact a federal appellate lawyer DC clients recommend from The Federal Practice Group in DC without delay.