What are Post-Conviction Appeals?

In general, the word “conviction” means that, after trial, the jury has returned a verdict of “guilty” on at least one criminal charge. Post-Conviction Appeals Very broadly, the legal phrase “post-conviction appeal” means any effort that occurs after conviction by a jury of one or more criminal charges that seeks to overturn, nullify, or modify… Read More

Can a Parole Board Decision be Appealed?

Parole plays a role in the lives of many convicted individuals. The purpose of parole is to help a previously incarcerated person resume life in society under the guidance of a parole officer. Two of these elements include helping a person with housing and employment-related issues. Additionally, parole serves the purpose of protecting society from… Read More

What is Appellate Jurisdiction?

Breaking Down Appellate Jurisdiction Appellate jurisdiction refers to the ability of an appeals court to review and make decisions on cases heard by trial courts as well as other types of “lower” courts. To navigate appellate court cases, many people find it vital to obtain the assistance of an experienced appellate lawyer. It also helps… Read More

The Exclusionary Rule Exceptions

Pre-Sentence Report The exclusionary rule states that illegally-obtained evidence and statements obtained through an illegal interrogation, in violation of the Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution, are inadmissible at the criminal trial of a person whose rights were violated. In basic terms, the illegally obtained evidence cannot be used against the… Read More

“Spread Eagle Order” Case is Proof That Criminal Defendants Should Never Stop Fighting for Their Rights

If you are arrested and charged with a crime, the criminal defense and post-conviction appeal team, here at the Federal Criminal Law Center, insists on the rule that the criminally accused should NEVER EVER stop fighting for their constitutional rights. Why? First, if your rights are vindicated, you retain your freedom and clean record. Second,… Read More

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What is “Reasonable Suspicion” and How Might it Help Your Criminal Defense or Appeal?

Generally, persons are protected by the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution against “unreasonable searches and seizures.” This means that, before law enforcement officials can conduct a search or seize potential evidence or arrest an alleged criminal (seize the body of the person), law enforcement officials must obtain permission — approval — from a judge…. Read More