Navigating The Appeals Process To Secure The Justice You Deserve
After a disappointing trial outcome (or, even worse, loss of a summary judgment motion), it is natural to want to appeal. If you are not familiar with the appeals process, however, pursuing this course of action can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience. Partnering with a skilled appellate attorney can help you minimize your stress and avoid unnecessary legal headaches. I founded Bove Law Group to do just that.
Since 2011, I have used my legal insight to assist attorneys and represent clients with a variety of appellate matters. As a meticulous writer, diligent researcher and practiced litigator, I am able to build strong arguments that resonate with California judges at all levels. I am qualified and eager to advocate for you in civil or criminal appellate proceedings.
Appealing Your Case
The appellate process allows individuals who are unhappy with the outcome of a civil or criminal trial to request a review of the decision made by the lower court. In an appeal, it’s not up to a witness or evidence to persuade a judge. Appellate attorneys establish compelling cases by highlighting mistakes that may have been made in the original trial.
Successful attorneys can get decisions reversed when they establish that laws were inaccurately interpreted during the course of the trial or that errors occurred during proceedings. If you are appealing a criminal conviction, you may have grounds to get your conviction overturned, have the terms of your sentence changed or receive permission to have your case tried again. If you are appealing the terms of a civil decision, you may secure more damages than you were awarded in your original trial, you may lose the damages awarded to you or you may be required to participate in a trial again.
Establishing Grounds For An Appeal
Before judges will hear an appeal, the appellant, the person requesting the appeal, must show that the decision merits a review. You may have grounds to appeal your case if you can prove that:
- Your judge did not follow state or federal law when deciding your case.
- Your judge did not take into account the evidence that was presented when deciding your case.
- Your judge acted in a way that abused his or her power.
There are other grounds that can be used to petition for a review. However, because appellate law is a complex practice area, it is critical to consult with an attorney who has experience navigating this process.
When you choose to work with me, I will handle your case with the professionalism it warrants. I consider it my vocation to zealously advocate for the individuals wronged by corporations and other powerful institutions.
Consult with me to learn whether you have a case and to learn your next steps.
Taking On An Appeal When You’ve Won
Sometimes you find yourself on the other side of an appeal. If you won at trial and the other side appeals, you likely have many questions: What do you do now? How can you protect the finding of the lower court and keep the judgment entered in your favor? And if you were awarded money in the trial court, do you have to wait until after the appeal to get paid? I can answer those questions.