After being convicted and sentenced for a crime, it’s common to feel as though the odds have been stacked against you. But all is hope is not lost. You have the right to an appeal. If in some way your trial or your sentence was unfair, you need to hire an attorney who can help you appeal.
To file an appeal is to officially request that decisions made by the court that tried your case, convicted, and sentenced you be evaluated and reconsidered by a higher court. Essentially, the purpose of appeals is to provide the justice system with a means and process for keeping its own courts in check. So if errors were made during your trial, you received an unexpectedly harsh sentence, or even if your probation has been revoked, you generally have the option to appeal.
Whether your case will be reviewed by the Indiana Court of Appeals or the Indiana Supreme Court, there are numerous different requests and resolutions you can seek. You may ask the appellate court to find that there was not enough evidence to support your conviction and acquit you. You may ask for a shorter sentence or even transfer from jail or prison to work release, home detention or probation. Each appeal is different. This is why an attorney with decades of appellate experience is one of your most invaluable assets.