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.
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.
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.