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Criminal Appeals

San Diego Criminal Appeal Attorney Knowledgeable & Effective Criminal Appeals Representation

At the law firm of Sean F. Leslie, Attorney at Law, our criminal defense attorneys have represented many criminal appellate clients. Clients who had placed their trust and confidence in the criminal trial process feel as though the judiciary system let them down either by an over-zealous prosecutor, juror misconduct, improper evidentiary rulings by the trial judge or even denied affective representation by their trial attorney.

Fortunately, when a client believes the trial court system has failed them, they can appeal the decision to a higher judicial authority, an appellate court. This process is called an appeal. In traffic and misdemeanor cases the appeal is heard by a three judge panel in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court. In San Diego felony cases the higher court is the Court of Appeals, Fourth District.

The appellate process is commenced by the filing of a Notice of Appeal within statutory deadlines. The appellate process is an extremely complex process filled with many unforgiving timelines. It is not recommended for a pro-per appellant or an inexperienced attorney! Before the appellate court makes their ruling, it will review appellate briefs filed by the parties and hear oral arguments.

If the appellate court finds that the trial court made an error, deemed not "harmless", it may reverse the trial court's decision, reverse the conviction, reduce a sentence or order another trial. If no error is found or an error is found but deemed "harmless," the lower courts' decision or conviction will stand.

If you are questioning whether you should appeal a trial court judicial ruling or conviction, then please call my law firm and speak with a knowledgeable appellate attorney. There are many factors to consider before filing an appeal!

Call My Law Firm to Speak with a Criminal Appellate Lawyer Not a Paralegal or Case Manager

Please feel free to contact my firm and talk to me about any appellate questions that you may have. I take personal responsibility in my firm's "commitment to excellence" in obtaining a favorable result on your criminal appeals case. I look forward to hearing from and meeting you soon.

Client Reviews
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My family hired Mr. Leslie for a case that was turning into a nightmare. His caring attitude and knowledge of law made a seemingly never ending problem a walk in the park. I defiantly recommend Sean Leslie to anyone who needs legal help or just advise. C.B.
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Mr. Leslie is an amazing lawyer and a very nice man. I liked that he always called me back if he couldn't answer my calls. I felt that he actually cared about me and my case. He explained anything I didn't understand and I even learned a few things from him. I highly recommend him! Kasi M.
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Sean Leslie is an excellent lawyer. He gives your case his up most undivided attention. Primarily his handling to every detail and getting results. So if you need a lawyer hire him and you will not be sorry. Nubia M.