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We have handled well over 50 appeals in both State and Federal court with outstanding results. We not only handle direct appeals of state and federal sex offense cases, but also habeas corpus petitions for individuals who are serving state and federal prison sentences.
In the majority of these cases, we didn’t handle the trial but were retained specifically for the appeal. We are authorities in Georgia sex crimes and know what it takes to successfully appeal an unjust conviction.
Generally, a motion for new trial must be filed within thirty days after conviction. In federal court, a motion for new trial must be filed within seven days after conviction. The rules provide an exception for motions based on newly discovered evidence. The motion is filed in the trial court and is the first stage in the appeal process.
Although a defendant is not required to file a motion for new trial in order to appeal his or her conviction to the Court of Appeals or the Georgia Supreme Court, this procedure has inherent advantages. First, by filing a motion in the trial court, we have the opportunity to convince the trial judge that a new trial is warranted. This means that we will have an additional person considering the case in the review process and, of course, a favorable ruling here eliminates the need to appeal to a higher court.
Second, the motion allows the court to conduct an evidentiary hearing. In the event that evidence will need to be presented in order to establish any of our appeal issues, this will be the only opportunity to present such evidence (as evidence may not be presented in the higher courts). Thus, if we have issues concerning the ineffective assistance of trial counsel, newly discovered evidence, juror misconduct, or any other issue that would require us to present evidence, a motion for new trial must be filed.
If the motion for new trial is denied, a notice of appeal must be filed within thirty days after the denial of the motion. Capital cases are reviewed only by the Georgia Supreme Court, while all other criminal cases are reviewed first by the Georgia Court of Appeals.
After the notice of appeal is filed, we will file an appellate brief which outlines all of our issues for appeal. If our request for oral argument is granted, we will also have the opportunity to have a hearing before the appellate court. If the appeal is denied by the Georgia Court of Appeals, we will have the opportunity to petition the Georgia Supreme Court for review.
Following review by the appellate courts, we are entitled to file a habeas corpus petition in both state and federal court. If either appellate court reverses the conviction, the case will generally be sent back to the trial court for a new trial. In some instances, double jeopardy will prevent the State from re-trying the case.
All appeals in federal court are heard by the Circuit Court of Appeals. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals handles all appeals from federal courts in Georgia, Alabama and Florida. The notice of appeal must be filed within ten days after the defendant is sentenced. This distinction is important since most defendants in federal court are not sentenced until months after their conviction.
If the appeal is denied by the Circuit Court of Appeals, we will have the opportunity to petition the United States Supreme Court for review. Following the Supreme Court review, we are entitled to file a habeas corpus petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2255. If either appellate court reverses the conviction, the case will generally be sent back to the trial court for a new trial. As in state court appeals, in some instances, double jeopardy will prevent the Government from re-trying the case.
Mr. Brody is a very caring and compassionate attorney. He was straightforward, clearly explained the process and expectations, and was willing to answer my many questions. From the beginning until the end Mr. Brody and his team treated me like I was their number one priority.