What Does “Remand for Further Proceedings” Mean?

When appellate courts resolve post-conviction appeals, if the appeal is successful, the appellate court will complete their ruling by ordering that the case be “remanded for further proceedings.” Sometimes a phrase is added requiring that the further proceedings be “consistent with this opinion.” So, what does “remand for further proceedings” mean? “Remand” is a judicial… Read More

What is a Suppression Hearing and How Can it Help My Criminal Defense or Post-Conviction Appeal?

A “suppression hearing” is a proceeding conducted before a criminal trial judge that involves a motion to suppress or exclude evidence from being used at trial. Almost always, suppression hearings are conducted before the criminal trial begins. In federal criminal proceedings, Rule 41(h) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure governs motions of this sort…. Read More

Can Prosecutor’s Use of “Prior Bad Acts” Evidence Lead to Reversal on Appeal?

There is a general doctrine in criminal law called the “prior bad acts” doctrine. This is a rule of exclusion. The doctrine generally prohibits the prosecution from introducing and using evidence of an accused’s prior crimes, wrongs, or other “bad acts” to show “bad” character, a propensity to criminal behavior or that the accused acted… Read More

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Reasons to Appeal a Criminal Case

Receiving a criminal conviction is not always the end of the road. While it might seem like it is, a criminal conviction often begins the process of deciding how to create a successful appeal, which involves questioning a court’s legal basis for making a decision. There are a number of ways in which an appeal can… Read More

Successful Death Penalty Appeals

According to a study of every person who received a death sentence since 1973, the most likely outcome for individuals facing this sentence is avoiding execution, often by having the death sentence overturned. More specifically, from 1973 to 2013, 8,466 death sentences were made by the United States Courts. Only 1,359 individuals were executed. 3,194… Read More

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How to Choose a Post-Conviction Attorney

Facing a federal conviction can be frightening. As a result, you should seek out the best attorney possible. Finding a post-conviction attorney who can help you navigate this situation, however, is not without its challenges. What to Look For in a Post-Conviction Attorney There are a number of attorneys who offer this service, and it… Read More