Little Rock Criminal Appeals Attorney

Guiding Clients Through The Appeal Process in Arkansas  

The concept of a fair trial, one that is run by the proper procedure and executed in accordance with both the state laws of Arkansas and the federal laws of the United States, is the objective of the criminal justice system. There are times when our system falls short of that ideal, and a person who hears a guilty plea may have recourse to an appeal. The appeals process is unique and calls for an attorney who is skilled in its unique nuance. 

Do you need legal assistance through the appeal process? Call Omar F. Greene, Attorney at Law, today at (501) 600-0451 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our criminal appeals lawyer in Little Rock. 

What is an Appeal?

There is a perception among the public that an appeal is simply a second chance at a trial in front of a different judge. That is not what an appeal is.

An appeal means that one side believes there was an error in the application of law during the trial. An appeal does not see a re-presentation of all the evidence. If a disputed issue is something that is a gray area of law or allows for discretion, then the decisions of the original judge and jury stand—even if the appellate judge might have ruled differently. 

What this means is that a Little Rock appeals attorney must have a deep understanding of the entire trial process to best pinpoint any legal errors that were made and to cite them as the basis for the appeal. At Omar F. Greene, Attorney at Law, our appeals lawyer has the legal experience needed in order to evaluate if trials had errors that might be grounds for an appeal. 

Call (501) 600-0451 to schedule a consultation with our criminal appeals attorney in Little Rock.

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What Are The Grounds For An Appeal?

Some of the most important work in a trial happens before the proceedings even open. The pre-trial phase is filled with legal motions and important decisions made regarding evidence. This also means it is an area that may offer opportunities for appeal. For example…

  • The motion to suppress evidence: The police have an obligation under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to conduct their searches for evidence under strict rules and procedures. When those aren’t followed—such as conducting a home search without the owner’s consent or a warrant from a judge—that means any evidence obtained from that search is illegal and, therefore inadmissible in court. If a defense lawyer’s motion to suppress this evidence was wrongfully denied, an appellate judge could overrule that. 
  • Prosecutorial misconduct: The legal defense team has the right to know what evidence will be presented by the prosecution and what witnesses will be called. The “surprise” introduction of evidence might make for a good storyline in TV crime dramas, but it is not the real world. If a prosecutor fails to inform the defense of the evidence that will be introduced, that is most certainly grounds for appeal. 
  • Juror misconduct: Defendants have a right to have their cases ruled on by an impartial jury, one that is unfamiliar with the case other than what they are presented with at trial. What if a juror lied to the court about their background, thus seeking to present themselves as impartial when they really weren’t? What if they had outside communication with someone during the trial? These are grounds for appeal. 

There are several other grounds for appeal. They all come back to a basic recognition that the outcome of a trial may well have been determined by incorrect rulings of what evidence could be seen, how it could be presented, and who was ruling on it. 

How Long Do I Have to File an Appeal in Arkansas?

In the state of Arkansas, the timeline for filing an appeal will depend on the specific type of case and the court where the case was heard. In general, the Arkansas Rules of Appellate Procedure mandates that a notice of an appeal will need to be filed within 30 days of the entry of the judgment or order being appealed. Failure to file a notice of appeal by the deadline can result in waiving your right to appeal. To ensure that you meet all deadlines and comply with legal regulations, you should consult with an experienced criminal appeals attorney, such as Omar F. Greene, as soon as possible if you are considering filing an appeal in Arkansas.

Contact Our Criminal Appeals Lawyer Today

The Law Office of Omar F. Greene is experienced in the appeals process, and our Little Rock criminal appeals lawyers are respected in and around the Little Rock legal community. Our appeals work includes clients whom we may not have represented at the original trial but who value what we bring to the table on appeal. 

Contact Omar F. Greene, Attorney at Law, today to get started on your defense with our Little Rock criminal appeals attorney.

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    "Attorney Greene is licensed to practice law in the Arkansas Courts, Federal Courts, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a former state prosecutor attorney and former federal defender."

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