Massachusetts Criminal Direct Appeal Attorney
Appellate Attorney William Driscoll's passion is the protection of individual rights for those who lack the enormous resources available to the government. He assists clients facing any criminal charge: from simple assault, gun or drug offenses to rape, arson, and murder. Every defendant has the right to appeal their conviction and sentence. But that right must be asserted by filing a notice of appeal.
A direct appeal can challenge any aspects of the case, from the the initial police investigation through the entire trial court proceeding. Criminal appeal challenges take many forms, such as:
- • Whether what occurred in the trial court was fair;
- • Whether the evidence was legally sufficient to justify the outcome;
- • Whether the rules and law were correctly applied in the trial court; and,
- • Whether trial counsel was constitutionally ineffective.
There are many mistakes, errors, and oversights that can occur during a criminal prosecution. For example, a trial judge may incorrectly decide a critical motion, improperly admit or exclude trial evidence, allow the jury to proceed where there is insufficient evidence to support a conviction, or improperly instruct the jury on the law.
Criminal appeals are sensitive to procedure and time deadlines. Identifying viable issues for appeal and properly arguing your case to the appellate court is a task requiring appellate experience. If your conviction is worth the time, stress, and expense of a direct appeal then it is worth engaging experienced appellate counsel.
Criminal Appeals Attorney Driscoll represents clients throughout Massachusetts, and nationwide. He pursues appellate matters in Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), and the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact Appellate Attorney William Driscoll at 978-846-5184 before your rights disappear.
The impact of a criminal conviction is far reaching. Besides incarceration, parole, or probation there is the impact upon other rights such as present or future housing, employment, immigration, and government benefits. A subsequent arrest or conviction can be treated more harshly (e.g., bail and sentencing).