Norfolk Appellate Lawyers
Wrongfully Convicted in Virginia? Let Protogyrou Law Fight for the Justice You Deserve!
Getting convicted of a criminal offense is devastating and life changing. Your sentence will likely include a lengthy jail or prison sentence and costly fines worth thousands of dollars or even more. However, just because you were found guilty does not mean you fight is over – you still have an opportunity to appeal your case with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
The right to appeal is a crucial aspect of the judicial system and Protogyrou Law provides you the highly specialized expertise and quick action needed for a successful appeals process. Our team has handled appeals at the highest levels, including the United States Supreme Court. We couple rapid response with the most painstaking examination of the facts of the case and bring you an exceptional understanding of the questions of law, legal theory, and procedural requirements that are essential for success. Appeals cases can be highly complex, and we will always take as much time as needed to provide clear and understandable answers to your questions.
What are Grounds for Appeal in Virginia?
In order to appeal a decision made by a lower court, the defendant must show to the appellate court that substantial error was committed during trial. Keep in mind, the appellate court will not examine the evidence of your case. Rather, the court will only look for legal errors or misconduct that resulted in an unfair trial process for the defendant.
Common grounds for an appeal in Virginia include:
- A serious error of law was made by the lower court (also known as plain error)
- Improper admission or exclusion of evidence
- Juror or prosecutorial misconduct
- Ineffective assistance of counsel under the Sixth Amendment
- Sentencing errors
What Happens After an Appeal is Granted?
There are several potential remedies if you win your appeal, such as:
- reversal of your conviction and the dismissal of the charges against you,
- being granted a new trial,
- or remand, where your case is sent back to the trial court with details on how to fix the error.
Our legal team can thoroughly review the trial court record and determine where the judges, prosecutors, jurors, and even criminal defense made an important mistake that significantly affected the outcome of your trial and protect your rights and freedom in appellate court or even the Virginia State Supreme Court.
Ready to Defend You Immediately!
A conviction does not mean you should give up. Protogyrou Law is ready listen to your story, assess your case, and determine your available legal options to obtain the results and justice you deserve.
Call (757) 267-6611 to speak with our Norfolk appellate attorneys today.