Ground for a Motion for a New Trial


Even after you or a family member has been convicted of a criminal charge, there are motions you can pursue that could help you achieve a better case outcome. Although extremely difficult to obtain and rare in any criminal case, it is possible to receive a new trial under specific circumstances in Michigan. Grabel & Associates has extensive experience fighting for the best interests of clients in post-trial and appellate cases, and we are committed to doing everything possible to help clients obtain better results. While requests for a court to overturn a jury or judge decision are rarely granted, our attorneys know what it takes to get you the results you deserve and will work with you to ensure you do everything you can to fight for justice.

Michigan Post-Conviction Attorney Defending Clients in Motions for a New Trial in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Throughout Michigan

Contact Grabel & Associates now if you have been unjustly convicted or sentenced in Michigan. In order to receive a new trial, you must either have discovered new and potentially decisive evidence, or you must convince the court it is in the interest of justice to provide you with a new trial. Our skilled post-conviction team understands what the courts need to see and hear, and will do everything they can to help you or your loved ones get out of jail.

Michigan Grounds for New Trial: Discovery of New Evidence

If you discover new evidence, you may be able to move for a new trial. In order to be considered legal grounds for a new trial this new evidence must follow specific guidelines set out by Michigan law. The following are the requirements for new trials based on evidence:

  • There is new material evidence, not cumulative evidence based on factors already presented.
  • The evidence has been newly found and was not known about at any point during the initial proceedings.
  • The reason this evidence had not yet been found was not a result of a lack of diligence.
  • The evidence found has enough weight to likely result in a different case result if there is to be a new trial.

If you have new evidence that you believe could help you in your case, contact an attorney who can help you convince the courts you deserve a new trial. Grabel & Associates has experience with motions for new trials statewide and can help you uncover new material evidence or present it to the courts.

Michigan Grounds for New Trial: In the Interest of Justice

Even if you do not have new evidence, an unfair or biased trial could still be overturned in rare cases. An unjust result could be due to the mistakes of a judge or jury, and our attorneys will fight to help you expose judicial mistakes and move for a new trial.

Obtaining a new trial due to new evidence is very specific, but obtaining a new trial because it is in the interest of justice leaves many more options and the decision is very dependent on court discretion, and on how you present your case. Some examples of situations where a new trial may be granted in the interest of justice include:

  • Clear jury bias
  • Jury misconduct
  • Jury not provided proper or complete instructions
  • Insufficient evidence to convict the defendant
  • Judicial conflict of interest
  • Judicial misconduct, including failing to accurately respond to jury questions or influencing the jury
  • Prosecutor misconduct, including witness or evidence tampering, false prosecution, or fabricating evidence

Fight back against an unjust decision with Grabel & Associates. We know what is considered grounds for a new trial and can help you look over the details of your case in order to determine if you have a chance at a better result.

Our Approach to Motions and Appeals in Post-Trial Cases

Grabel & Associates will help you fight for a better result after you or a loved one is unjustly convicted of a crime. Whether you need to uncover evidence or find grounds for a new trial in the interest of justice, we understand how to proceed through difficult post-conviction situations. While you cannot simply obtain a new trial because you are unhappy with the outcome of your case, or are unhappy with how your attorney represented you, there are rare cases in which a new trial is possible with the help of a skilled criminal appeals lawyer. We will look over every aspect of your case to determine the next steps you should take to fight for justice.

If your motion for a new trial is denied, you could be sent to prison, or given either straight or conditional probation, depending on the details of your case. It is crucial to work with an attorney who can help you determine which motions or appeals options are best in your case, so that you do everything you can to fight for a better case outcome.

Contact Scott Grabel for MI Post-Conviction Motions

Call Grabel & Associates now at 1-800-342-7896 for a free case consultation and discuss the details of your post-conviction case with an experienced analyst. You can also contact us online and even set up a free consultation with experienced appellate trial lawyer Scott Grabel, who has worked in the Pre-Hearing division of the Michigan Court of Appeals. Our firm is here to help you after a wrongful conviction or unjust sentence, and we will do everything we can to help you move for a new trial in your case.