Criminal Appeals

Criminal Appeals Lawyers in Tustin

Providing Appellate Representation in Orange County Criminal Cases for Over 30 Years

At John L. Dodd and Associates Prof. Corp., we have been representing clients in criminal appellate cases for decades. Since 1989, we have handled more than 1,200 appellate cases, many of which have been criminal, and we are uniquely qualified to represent you and help you evaluate your options. Mr. Dodd is a certified appellate specialist, and our firm is one of the only smaller, private firms that only deals with appellate-level matters. We also provide more affordable service than our counterparts in large firms, making excellent appellate representation accessible without charging millions of dollars in legal fees.

We provide 30-minute consultations over the phone to help prospective clients evaluate the plausibility of a successful appeal. While we cannot tell you whether or not you ought to appeal, we can help determine whether there are any legitimate issues to be raised on appeal which might lead a higher court to reverse a previous ruling in your case.

Connect with a Tustin criminal appeals attorney right away by calling the Dodd Firm at (714) 880-8744.

How Criminal Appeals Work in Tustin & Orange County

If a defendant is indigent, in California the appellant is entitled to have a criminal appellate attorney appointed by the state in the first appeal after a judgment of conviction, and sometimes in other types of appeals (to be “indigent” means not having the funds necessary to hire an attorney). However, if the defendant is not indigent, the appellant is not entitled to a state-appointed attorney.

We have represented defendants on appeal in state court in a wide variety of matters and will give your criminal appeal the attention it deserves. Additionally, it often is the case that, even though an entire conviction is not reversed, the sentence may be modified or reduced by several years, which alone may justify pursuing an appeal.

Our Orange County Criminal Appeals Lawyers Can Help

At the Dodd Firm, we understand all the ins and outs of criminal appeals. We understand the different procedures that must be followed when appealing a conviction, appealing a sentence, or appealing another aspect of your previous case. The steps that must be taken during your appeal all depend on exactly how the lower court ruled in your case; in other words, there are different rules that must be honored during an appeal depending on whether you are appealing a guilty plea, a conviction, a particular part of your sentence, a procedural error made by the court, or something else.

Send us a message today to get started and schedule your case consultation with a criminal appeals lawyer in Tustin.

Our Clients Tell All

Positive Experiences

    Quick to respond, his research is the best and his writing is concise and very persuasive. You will not go wrong with John on your side.

    - Janie B.

    John excels at presenting complex legal arguments to the Court of Appeal in a manner that gives my clients the maximum chance of success on appeal.

    - Michael. F.

    I recently turned to John when I believed the trial court had made an erroneous ruling on a complicated procedural and jurisdictional question.

    - Kayleene W.

    When everything was seemingly hopeless, we were fortunate enough to come across John L. Dodd.

    - Former Client

    I was lucky to find John Dodd to be my appellate lawyer.

    - Gloria H.
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