Effective criminal appellate lawyers have to be knowledgeable, aggressive, eagle-eyed in spotting errors and mistakes made by the lawyers and the judge in trial proceedings. They have to understand what goes on at trial, and the legal principles involved in every aspect of the case, and they have to understand what types of issues can lead to success on appeal. They also have to be able to research relevant case law, understand fundamental trial and constitutional rights, and write and argue persuasively, pointing out important facts and legal principles which support the defendant's claims that the conviction and sentence must be vacated. They also have to be able to withstand and overcome the arguments from prosecutors, who invariably argue that the trial judge made no mistakes, that all the legal rulings were correct, that the defendant misunderstood the law and the constitution, that any mistakes at trial were caused by, or waived by, the defendant and his defense lawyer, that any errors made at trial were harmless errors, and that the conviction and sentence should stand. Skillful prosecutors often provide slick arguments for rationalizing any judicial error, and too many appellate judges are receptive to those types of arguments, resulting in very few convictions being reversed on appeal.
Appeals are hard to win in any state or federal criminal case, but Paul Grant has the experience in state and federal courts, and the talent to give you your best chance for success with your criminal appeal. He has presented written and oral appellate arguments in both civil and criminal cases, in many state and federal courts, and he has experienced success at all levels, including in the Supreme Court. Success in criminal appeals seems to be growing more difficult every year, though, and has become a truly rare occurrence in federal criminal appeals. Many experienced federal criminal defense lawyers have handled appeals for years and never won an appeal. Paul is hopeful that this is a short-term trend, and that more appellate panels will begin to recognize the injustice at trial that leads to so many wrongful convictions. In the meantime, if you need an appellate lawyer, you will have to deal with the current reality. Paul Grant will find strong issues to raise for you on appeal, if they exist, and he will do his best to convince the appellate court to do the right thing.
If you have lost your direct appeal, you may still have other options to pursue to win back your freedom. You may have state court post-conviction proceedings available, if you were convicted in state court, where you can raise such issues as newly discovered evidence, or an unlawful sentence, or ineffective assistance of counsel. If you were convicted in federal court, you may have similar proceedings available to challenge your federal convictions. These post-conviction proceedings are often your last chance to undo a wrongful conviction or unlawful sentence. Your post-conviction lawyer may need to interview witnesses, interview your trial lawyers, consult with experts, even order additional court records that your trial lawyers failed to order. Paul Grant has handled many post-conviction challenges, and there he has achieved some of his greatest success. He has on numerous occasions been able to show that the conviction would probably not have occurred, if the defense lawyer had done a reasonably competent job, resulting in convictions and sentences being thrown out. Ineffective assistance of counsel is often the most effective claim that can be raised post appeal. If you lose that claim at the first stage, in the trial court, you may also be able to pursue your claim on appeal to a higher court. Or you may be able to move from state court to federal court, in the case of raising a federal habeas corpus claim. Paul Grant has the experience to navigate these tricky areas of the law.
If you think you have a challenging but possibly winning claim you can raise on appeal, or in a post-conviction proceeding, send Paul a message and tell him about your case. Find out if Paul can help you. Paul is willing to consider handling these cases in state or federal courts, anywhere in the United States.