California’s criminal justice system is tough, but it isn’t
flawless. If you have been erroneously convicted of a felony offense,
you should take every necessary step to make things right. After the trial
has ended and you are found guilty of a felony offense, your story may
not yet be over. You do have legal options, even with a felony conviction.
At Campbell Whitten, we can help you understand the appeal process and
help you pursue a reversal. Our first step will be to explain what a criminal
appeal is and help you decide how you want to move forward.
Keep in mind that you need to file a notice of appeal within 60 days of
the date you received your sentence. If you do not file this notice, you
are foregoing your ability to appeal the conviction.
Understanding the Appeal Process
When you appeal your sentence, this is not a new trial. Nothing new will
be able to be brought forth and no new facts will be presented. What happens
is that the California Court of Appeal will go over the trial to answer
one crucial question:
“Was the trial executed according to California’s state laws?”
The appellate court is only examining mistakes of law that may have taken
place with the understanding that humans are fallible. The court of Appeal
will first hear an argument from your attorney and the attorney general.
It will then determine whether the trial court made a mistake that would
require your conviction to be reversed.
What should my first step be?
Rather than panicking after being convicted of a felony charge, reach out
to our Bakersfield criminal defense attorneys. We work together as a team
to help our clients fight back and pursue the best possible result for
Contact us at once before it is too late to file a notice of appeal. Remember, you
only have 60 days!