Appellate Law

Anyone who is convicted of a state or federal crime in California, whether as a result of a jury trial, a bench trial, or by pleading guilty is entitled to appeal his or her conviction or the criminal sentence received. An appeal is the request by a convicted person for a higher court to review the case in an effort to get the conviction reversed or the sentence reduced.


After the trial court has issued the final judgment, an appeal can be filed. There are very strict deadlines and requirements for filing a criminal appeal in the state and federal appellate systems, so individuals considering an appeal should consult with a criminal law attorney as soon as possible.


To learn more about filing an appeal, click here.


California Appellate Courts

The appellate court in California consists of a panel of three judges who review a written brief (argument) presented by both the defense and prosecution. Generally, the criminal defense attorney attempts to persuade the appellate court that an error or some other factor in the original trial prejudiced the outcome of the case. If the appellate court agrees with the defense, it can overturn a conviction, change the sentence, or order a new trial.


Appellate law is a complex, specialized area of law. James M. Crawford has many years of experience as an appellate lawyer and has helped numerous individuals obtain a just and satisfactory outcome after a wrongful or unfair conviction.


Specialized Area of Criminal Law

As an appellate attorney, Mr. Crawford can handle the following aspects of your appeal:

     Posting an appellate bond
     Preparing and filing necessary writs and motions
     Pursuance of further relief on remand
     Post-verdict motions


Mr. Crawford will review everything that has happened in your criminal case, including the pre-trial phase, your trial, and all post-conviction issues, including motions and evidence.


His goal is to identify any new factors that may persuade the appellate court that your conviction or sentence is erroneous, such as:

     Insufficient evidence
     Unallowable evidence
     Incorrect rulings on objections
     Errors made by the judge imposing the sentence after a verdict
     Jury errors


Some appeals cite insufficient representation during the original trial.

For a complimentary case evaluation with an experienced appellate attorney,

contact James M. Crawford today.


James M. Crawford
528 N. Glassell

Orange, CA 92867

Tel:: (714) 288-0180
Fax: (714) 288-0998