Philadelphia Post Conviction Lawyer
For many, a criminal conviction might feel like the end of the line, however, there are several post conviction proceedings that can potentially shorten or altogether eliminate your sentence. Sometimes juries and judges can get it wrong the first time around. When they do, the criminal appeals system allows for the wrongfully convicted to receive a second chance at a fair outcome. If you are a victim of an unfair trial, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to evaluate your case and develop an appeals tactic to protect your freedom. There is only a short window of 30 days to appeal a wrongful conviction so it is essential you act as quickly as possible in order to defend your rights.
If you have been found guilty of a crime in the state of Pennsylvania, you may still have certain legal options to improve your situation available to you. First and foremost, you have the right to appeal your verdict. An appeal may be heard for a variety of reasons. If you believe that it is in your best interest to appeal a guilty verdict, you should retain counsel immediately, as you have a limited amount of time in which to appeal after a decision of guilt has been rendered.
But what if your attempts to appeal have been denied, yet you still maintain the position that justice has not been served, and that you need challenge your conviction? In Pennsylvania, you have Post-Conviction remedies available to you in certain circumstances, including:
- A violation of either the state or federal Constitution occurred
- Trial counsel’s assistance was ineffective
- A plea of guilty was induced by unlawful means
- Government officials obstructed the petitioner’s right of appeal
- New evidence has come to light which may have changed the trial’s outcome
- The imposed sentence exceeded the lawful maximum
- Jurisdiction of the court was improper
So, if you believe you can prove in court that prior counsel was ineffective (not merely poor based on the result, but rather that it was incompetent), or you were prevented from appealing appropriately due to the improper actions of the government, or DNA testing or other evidence has since become available which may demonstrate your innocence, or for any other reason which may fall under the above guidelines, contact the criminal defense lawyers at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. We can help you to protect your rights.
This battle will not be easy. The Post-Conviction remedy process is complex and, like appeals, time sensitive, but we may just be able to help you achieve the justice you deserve. Call today for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.