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Appellate Lawyer in Westchester

About Your Right to Appeal a Conviction

If you or a family member has been convicted of a crime, you have the right to file notice and appeal your criminal conviction after plea or trial. Westchester criminal defense attorney Robert Schuster has years of experience in submitting and arguing successful appeals. He has argued many of these appeals before the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court. His successful Appellate work rose to the New York State Court of Appeals, New York State's highest Court, and has been published as part of New York State Case Law.

There are numerous valid grounds for appeal of a criminal conviction. Most of these issues stem from defects in the trial proceedings or ineffective assistance of counsel. If the conditions of the trial included errors or omissions that would prejudice the outcome against the defendant, it is often possible to file an appeal. There are also motions that can be brought before the trial court introducing new evidence or issues regarding newly discovered facts or tainted evidence. The consequences of a successful appeal are dramatic. The defendant's conviction could be reversed and vacated, and the case can be dismissed.

Get a Westchester Criminal Defense Lawyer to Help You Clear your Record

In cases where a conviction cannot be dismissed, a defendant can still see to it that the conviction has minimal practical impact on his life. The route to that goal is through a successful application for the grant of a Certificate of Relief from Civil Disabilities. This special dispensation is administered and granted by the New York State Department of Parole in Albany. It requires a careful and persuasive application that Robert Schuster is experienced in successfully obtaining for his clients. Once the Certificate is granted it removes almost all civil bars to licensing and employment that could result from the conviction. To learn more about your options for appeal or applying for post-conviction relief, make an appointment with The Law Offices of Robert Schuster now for an initial consultation over the phone.

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