Southern Illinois Civil & Criminal Appeals Lawyers
If you have lost your case in the circuit court, filing an appeal may be the best option available to you. Appeals are typically a complex process requiring a significant amount of research and writing. Having an experienced appeals lawyer in your corner can make all the difference, and increase your likelihood of success.
Our appellate lawyers handle both civil & criminal appeals across Southern Illinois. Our main office is located only a few blocks away from the 5th District Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon, Illinois where we fight for clients just like you.
Criminal Appeals & Post-Conviction Relief
If you or a loved one has been convicted of a criminal offense, our Criminal Appeals Attorneys may be able to help. Our appellate lawyers seek to overturn convictions and right injustices that occurred to convicted criminals. Attorney Josh Reeves is one of the top Criminal Defense Attorneys in Southern Illinois, and fights for criminal clients appealing their convictions. Attorney Rachel Beckham is an experienced former State Appellate Prosecutor, and uses her knowledge of how the other side thinks to fight for her clients!
Some types of criminal convictions we seek to overturn are:
- Drug Offenses
- Sex Crimes
- Burglary & Theft Crimes
- White Collar Crimes
- Gun Offenses & Violent Crimes
In addition to handling criminal appeals, we also handle post-conviction relief. Post-conviction relief is when a convicted individual asks the court to re-examine their case for errors.
Defendants may file an appeal for post-conviction relief based on any of the following:
- Evidence of perjury (when a witness lied under oath)
- Evidence of Juror Misconduct
- Evidence of Prosecutor Misconduct (such as withholding evidence)
- Changes to Illinois Law that could have a direct effect on the verdict
- The new possibility of DNA testing that could prove the Defendant’s innocence
If the defendant is able to prove any of these factors, the court’s prior ruling could be overturned or revised.
All attorneys are not created equal. Having the right appeals lawyer can be the difference between overturning a conviction or losing the appeal.
Civil Appeals can stem from a variety of issues, including:
- Breach of Contract / Contract Disputes
- Business Disputes
- Real Estate & Property Disputes
- Probate & Estate
- Personal Injury
- Family Law
- Other General Civil Issues
Appellate lawyers review the original case from the trial court and assess whether laws were properly followed, or if there is a defect in the procedural process. It’s very important to note, Appellate Courts Do Not retry the original case, and typically do not get to hear any new evidence that wasn’t brought up at trial, but rather they are evaluating the potential legal issues revolving around the case.
Our Civil Appellate attorneys are thorough with their analysis of your case and look at every possible angle or outcome to give you all available options.
Where We Handle Appellate Cases
Our Appellate Attorneys handle Civil and Criminal appeals for clients in the 5th District Appellate Court, which encompasses all Southern Illinois counties. Our office is located only a stone’s throw from the Appellate Courthouse where we will be fighting for you.
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Call Us at (618) 316-7322 or Email Us at email@example.com