An appeal is a request to a higher court to reverse a decision made by a lower court. After a judge hands down a sentence, it can feel like the fight is over. Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be the case. In the State of Arizona, those convicted of a criminal offense are entitled to challenge the original verdict. Your appeals attorney will obtain all the records from the original court proceedings, combing each line for infringements on your rights. A review of court records can lead to a reduction of charges, a reduced sentence, a new trial, or a complete conviction reversal.
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The appellate court will only consider evidence included in the original court record: transcripts of the hearings and trial and motions filed by the lawyers. If your lawyer can detect any errors with the manner in which your case was originally handled, you may be able to appeal your verdict. Appeals have an incredibly short period for filing. Those wishing to appeal the verdicts handed down by Maricopa, Pima, Yuma, Pinal or other Arizona Superior Courts MUST file their appeal within 20 days of the original judgment and sentencing. If your conviction is from a city court or a justice court, that period is reduced to only 10 days. Don’t run out of time with your freedom at stake. Call Tait & Hall Attorney’s in Phoenix to discuss your appeal today.