Appeals

In addition to representing citizens accused in criminal investigations and trials, The Law Offices of Brian Glover also provides highly skilled representation on direct appeal for persons convicted in both state and federal trial courts throughout the United States as well as representation in post-conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus actions in state and federal court for clients whose direct appeals have been exhausted.

What the Court of Criminal Appeals Does

The court of appeals can review whether the prosecution presented sufficient evidence to support the verdict or whether the defendant’s trial attorneys were ineffective. The court of appeals can decide questions of law, such as whether the trial court correctly applied the law to admit or exclude evidence or whether the trial court gave the jury proper jury instructions. The court of appeals can review a variety of other legal issues, but it will not hear additional testimony, consider additional evidence, or retry a case.

If the appellate court agrees that there was an error in the trial court, the court of appeals will often also have to decide if the error harmed the appellant. For example, if the court of appeals decides that the trial court erred by admitting certain evidence at trial, it will also need to decide if the defendant was harmed by that evidence, in other words, whether the verdict would have been different if the trial court had correctly excluded that evidence.

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