Motions and Appeals in Michigan


When someone you care about is convicted of a crime in Michigan, a complex and difficult appeal process is often the next logical step. Hire an experienced appellate court attorney as soon as possible so that you understand the motions and appeals that could help you throughout your post-conviction case. Our team has worked extensively in the criminal justice system, and our Michigan appeals lawyers have assisted clients facing variety of charges. We understand the appeal process and will work to prepare organized and compelling briefs, and thoroughly argue your case in court.

Michigan Criminal Appeals Attorney Defending Appellate Clients in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Throughout Michigan

At Grabel & Associates, we respect the rights of convicted defendants and will work to help you or your loved one fight for a better case outcome. Our skilled team works under the direction of trial lawyer Scott Grabel, who began his legal career working in the Pre Hearing division of the Michigan Court of Appeals, and can give you valuable insight into the appellate process and how certain legal issues could affect your unique case. If you or someone you know has been convicted of a crime, contact Grabel & Associates now and ask about the next steps you need to take. A motion or claim of appeal could still be an available option even after a plea deal or judge’s decision, and our team is ready to answer all your legal questions and direct you through the post-conviction stage of your case.

Motion Hearing in Michigan Criminal Post-Conviction Case

When a person is convicted of a crime, he or she needs to work with a Michigan criminal appeals lawyer who can assess the situation and recommend effective legal action to take. There are many different tactics available to post-conviction clients, and only by working with a knowledgeable team of appeal lawyers can one ensure they have taken the necessary measures to fight for a better result.

If you have accepted a plea deal in Michigan, you forfeit your right to appeal a judicial decision, and could face unnecessarily harsh punishment or wrongful conviction. It is possible to motion to change a plea, and you can sometimes withdraw a plea if you have a legal basis. It is very difficult to change a plea, but our attorneys will do everything possible to help you explore this legal option.

In rare cases, it is possible to order a new trial, but only if you can prove there is newly discovered material evidence, or if it is “in the interest of justice” such as in cases involving jury mistakes, conflict of interest, or judicial misconduct.

If you or your loved one has been convicted due to ineffective legal representation, you can file for a Ginther Hearing, which is named after the decision of People v Ginther of 1973. A Ginther hearing allows for an evidentiary hearing based on the claim that the defendant did not receive adequate counsel in the initial trial.

Our attorneys can work with you to discover grounds for these motions, and other legal actions, including:

  • Motion for Directed Verdict
  • Motion for Relief from Judgment
  • Motion to Set Aside a Conviction
  • Motion for Reconsideration
  • Writs of Certiorari
  • Writs of Mandamus
  • Writs of Habeas Corpus

Appeals in Michigan Criminal Cases

Appeal cases are extremely difficult to win, and if you fail to hire a capable and experienced Michigan appeals law firm, you will have little to no chance of success. Our attorneys assist clients in appealing criminal sentencing, appealing a decision to the Michigan Court of Appeals, and appealing a decision to the Michigan Supreme Court, along with any other criminal appeals actions. Our team combines for vast experience in a variety of criminal cases, and will work with you to ensure you understand the actions you should take to fight an unjust result.

When you appeal your case, you will need to discover grounds for appeal, determine which court to appeal your case to, and prepare all the necessary paperwork in order to potentially have your case reviewed. Contact Grabel & Associates now if you or a loved one is suffering from an unjust conviction or sentence, and appeal your case to a higher court.

Our Approach to Motions and Appeals in MI

Our Michigan criminal defense attorneys know how to prepare concise and compelling briefs, and understand the appellate process and how to fight for clients both inside and outside the courtroom. We know how sentencing guidelines, conflicts of interest, and judicial mistakes can affect appellate cases, and will investigate every detail of your case in order to ensure your rights are properly protected.

We know the stress that you are facing if a loved one has been convicted and sentenced to time in Michigan that they didn’t deserve, and we want to stand with you in your battle against the justice system. Contact our firm right now for aggressive defense and benefit from years of experience in the Michigan appellate court system.

Contact Scott Grabel for Criminal Appeal Defense

We are available 24/7 to speak with you about your post-conviction motion and appeal options, and can be reached from anywhere in Michigan for free at 1-800-342-7896. You can also contact us online and set up a free consultation with founding attorney Scott Grabel, who has experience working in the Michigan Court of Appeals. Act fast to secure a legal team for your post-conviction case, contact Grabel & Associates from any of Michigan’s 83 counties right now.