Can You Appeal a Conviction in Wisconsin?

By Carlos Gamino

If you’re like many people, you know a conviction will negatively impact your life. But is there anything you can do after you’ve been convicted to change your circumstances?

Some people choose to appeal their cases, and typically, they choose to work with an attorney who’s familiar with the appeals process.

What is an Appeal?

An appeal is an opportunity for a defendant (often with a lawyer’s help) to raise concerns about things that happened during a trial. Often, because judges’ and attorneys’ caseloads are so full, cases don’t get the attention they deserve. Sometimes, that results in a conviction when there shouldn’t have been one.

In some cases, the law isn’t applied properly. That can spell disaster for a person on trial. This actually happens more often than most people think.

Having an attorney look at a case with fresh eyes to ensure that everything happened the way it should have can be a tremendous benefit to someone who’s been convicted of a crime. If you’ve been convicted of a crime and want to appeal, your attorney will look at all the circumstances of your case. They’ll even pull up transcripts, look at evidence that was submitted during the original trial, and have a look at how the judge and your previous attorney followed the law in your case.

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Common Appellate Concerns

Your attorney will figure out what’s concerning about your case and bring it to light. For example, your lawyer may discover that you were the victim of bias or conflict of interest, or that your jury was tampered with. Or your attorney may discover that certain evidence should have been suppressed or introduced, that police unlawfully searched your property or your person, or even that you were given an excessive sentence. There are myriad reasons you may qualify for an appeal, and if you’d like to explore your options, you should talk to a criminal appeals attorney in Wisconsin.

Are Appeals Always Successful?

No attorney can ever guarantee a specific outcome on your case, but usually, lawyers won’t take cases that they know they can’t win. The only way to find out whether you have a good shot at winning an appeal is to talk to an experienced attorney who understands the appeals process and how it may apply in your situation.

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Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Appealing a Conviction in Wisconsin?

If you need to talk to an attorney about appealing a conviction in Wisconsin, we’re here to help. Call us at 414-383-6700 now schedule your free consultation with a lawyer who cares.

Attorney Carlos Gamino