Criminal Appeals

Orange County Criminal Appeals Attorneys

Over 30 Years of Experience in Appealing Criminal Cases

Have you been convicted of a crime in California? If you believe there was a mistake made during your trial, you may be eligible for an appeal. Filing a criminal appeal can be complex, and any mistakes can jeopardize your case. Therefor, it is vitally important to retain the legal representation of an appellate attorney with experience in criminal law.

At John L. Dodd and Associates, we have represented clients in criminal appellate cases for decades. Since 1989, we have handled more than 1,200 appellate cases, many of which have been criminal. We are uniquely qualified to represent you and help you evaluate your options.

Mr. Dodd is a certified appellate specialist. Our firm is one of the only smaller, private firms that only deals with appellate matters. We also provide more affordable service than our counterparts in large firms. We strive to make excellent appellate representation accessible without charging millions in legal fees.

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

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

What are the Grounds for an Appeal in a Criminal Case?

During a trial, there are certain mistakes that can alter the outcome, whether committed intentionally or not.

Some common trial errors that can lead to an appeal include:

  • Incorrect application of laws
  • Sentence was disproportionate to the charges
  • Confused or misled jurors
  • Evidence was unheard or otherwise mishandled
  • The defendant's attorney did not provide adequate representation, or committed malpractice

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

How Criminal Appeals Work in Tustin & Orange County

A criminal appeal is a request to a higher court to review your court's decision. This process starts with the defendant filing a Notice of Appeal with the appropriate court. The appellate court will retrieve your trial's records and send a briefing schedule to your attorney and the prosecution.

If a defendant does not have the funds to hire an attorney, that defendant is indigent. If a defendant is indigent, in California the appellant is entitled to a criminal appellate attorney appointed by the state. However, if the defendant is not indigent, the appellant is not entitled to a state appointed attorney.

As the party seeking an appeal, your attorney will first the first brief. The prosecution files their brief, and you can file a brief in response. Afterwards, a date for oral arguments will be scheduled. After oral arguments, the appellate court will then issue a decision on whether to grant the appeal.

Our Orange County Criminal Appeals Attorney 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, a sentence, or another aspect of your case.

The steps that must be taken during your appeal all depend on exactly how the lower court ruled in your case. There are different rules depending on whether you are appealing a guilty plea, a conviction, a procedural error, or something else.

Please note our office only represents clients in the first direct appeal after a criminal conviction. We also can assist trial counsel with legal briefing. We do not handle sentence modifications or reductions, habeas corpus petitions, or federal criminal appeals.

For other matters involving a criminal appeal, please reach out to us to learn more about how we can help.

Send a message to our Tustin law firm to schedule your consultation with a criminal appeals lawyer serving Orange County.

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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