If you have been convicted and sentenced for a crime, you have the right to what is called a “direct appeal.” This process allows you to argue – for various possible reasons – why you should not have been convicted or should not have received the sentence imposed by the trial court. Direct appeals are complex – far too complex to handle by yourself. And despite the complexities of the process, you only have thirty days from the date of the trial court’s judgment to file.
Post-Conviction Review Process
If you fail to file a direct appeal of your conviction and/or sentence, you lose the opportunity to have the appellate court review the trial court’s judgment – and you lose the chance to have the Ohio Supreme Court review the appellate court’s judgment, as well as many possibilities for further, post-conviction review. This process is important.
Post-Conviction Relief Process
Ohio law also provides for a post-conviction relief process that allows you to introduce evidence outside of what was presented during your trial – unlike you are able to do in your direct appeal. This process is equally complicated and subject to strict procedural rules and deadlines. It is imperative you are represented by a criminal defense attorney who is knowledgeable in this area of law.
Milano Attorneys are considered among the best in Cleveland, Ohio and surrounding counties. Contact us immediately if you or a loved one need to explore appellate options and/or the opportunity for post-conviction relief. We will fully analyze your situation and ensure your best chance for success.
Contact us if you have a problem. If we are unable to assist you, at the very least we can put you in touch with an attorney who is qualified and who you can trust.