6 Common Types Of Oklahoma Criminal Appeals

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6 Common Types Of Oklahoma Criminal Appeals

Every United States citizen is guaranteed the right to due process and a fair trial. However, ineffective
counsel, judicial error, and impartial juries can lead to unjust criminal convictions. For individuals
wrongfully convicted through a miscarriage of justice, a criminal appeal can help them regain their
freedom, reinstate their rights and privileges, and restore their good names.
In Oklahoma, the right to appeal a conviction is guaranteed in both the Oklahoma Constitution (Article
2, Section 6) and the Oklahoma Statutes (Title 21, Section 701.13 and Title 22, Sections 1051 and
1089). The appellate process allows those who have been unjustly convicted to present new
evidence, to provide new witnesses, or to receive a new trial that is free from the biases, prejudices,
wrongdoings, or inadequate representation that tainted the earlier trial and led to the wrongful
conviction.
A criminal defense attorney or appellate attorney can motion for an appeal. Some common reasons
for appealing a verdict include:
* Ineffective defense counsel
* New evidence or witness testimony
* Violation of civil rights or constitutional rights
* Admission of illegally obtained evidence
* Misconduct by the prosecution, judge, or jury
* Improperly interpreted law
An Oklahoma appellate lawyer can review the case of a convicted defendant to see if there are
grounds for an appeal. The attorney then petitions a higher court, such as the Oklahoma Court of
Criminal Appeals or the Oklahoma Supreme Court, to issue a new trial or reverse the ruling of the
lower court.
Appeals must be filed in a timely manner, so those individuals who did not receive a fair trial or who
were wrongfully convicted should speak with their defense OKC attorneysor consult an appellate
attorney as soon as possible to begin building a successful appeal.
For individuals who have completed a suspended sentence or who have successfully won an appeal,
an expungement may be the next step in striving to clear the arrest record or criminal record and put
the past legal troubles behind them. For information about post-conviction legal representation,
contact a skilled Oklahoma criminal defense attorney