What Court Should I Appeal To?

When you or a loved one is convicted of a crime, you may be able to file an appeal and fight for a better case outcome. There are specific procedures that need to be followed in Michigan appellate cases, and you will have to work with an experienced attorney who can help you determine the type of appeal to file and which court to file your appeal to. There are multiple courts that hear Michigan criminal appeal cases, and Grabel & Associates will defend you in any county statewide. Contact our firm immediately to find out more about appellate defense regardless of the details of your case.

How to Appeal Your Michigan Criminal Cas with An Experienced Appellate Defense Lawyer in Lansing, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Throughout Michigan

The court that you need to appeal to after a criminal conviction in Michigan depends on the trial court you are appealing a decision from. In the state of Michigan, there are three different trial courts: the circuit courts, the district courts, and probate courts. The types of cases accepted and where appellate cases are heard is explained in this Michigan Judicial Branch organizational chart. If you have any questions about appealing a criminal conviction, or if you or a loved one is in need of experienced representation, contact Grabel & Associates now.

Michigan Circuit Court Appeal Cases

If you have been convicted in the district court, you may be able to appeal your case to the Michigan Circuit Court. The district court serves as the trial court for the federal court system, and is governed by Congress and the United States’ Constitution. Criminal and civil federal cases are heard in the district court system, and Michigan is home to four district courts:

  • 1st District Court
  • 2nd District Court
  • 3rd District Court
  • 4th District Court

Michigan Court of Appeals Cases

If you or a loved one is facing a conviction from the circuit court or probate court, your appeal may be heard in the Michigan Court of Appeals. The United States federal court system is made up of 94 judicial districts organized into 12 regional circuits, each with a United States Court of Appeals. These courts hear cases from not only circuit and probate courts, but district courts in the same regional circuit.

To file an appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals, you must file to one of the four district court offices. Grabel & Associates has experience appealing circuit court, district court, and probate court decisions, and can represent you in your Michigan Court of Appeals case.

Michigan Supreme Court Appeals

When your Michigan Court of Appeals case is not successful, the next step is an appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court. While some cases can be directly appealed to the Supreme Court, many go first to the Michigan Court of Appeals. It is very rare to have your case heard by the Supreme Court, and by working with an experienced attorney throughout the post-conviction process, you will ensure you have the best chance at a successful Supreme Court appeal.

Our Approach to Michigan Appellate Court Cases

At Grabel & Associates, our attorneys are dedicated to doing all they can to help clients achieve the best possible result. We won’t pass off your case to another law firm, and will look over every detail ourselves, working under the direction of experienced appellate lawyer Scott Grabel to deliver a comprehensive post-conviction strategy and defense in any of Michigan’s appellate courts.

Our team will evaluate your case, the court you need to appeal to, and the judges that may hear your case, and develop an individualized defense strategy based on your unique situation. Contact our experienced criminal appeals attorneys now to learn more about the Michigan Circuit Courts, Michigan Court of Appeals, and Michigan Supreme Court. Our appellate law attorneys will do everything possible to help you achieve the best case outcome, and our team is dedicated to assisting you throughout the post-conviction process.

Founding attorney Scott Grabel began his legal career in the Pre-Hearing division of the Michigan Court of Appeals, and has an inside understanding of the appellate court system that will benefit you throughout your case. Don’t hesitate to contact a lawyer as criminal appeals can be time sensitive. Grabel & Associates is available immediately to begin defending you.

Contact Scott Grabel for Michigan Appeals Defense

If you need a Michigan criminal appeal lawyer, contact Grabel & Associates immediately. We are available 24/7 toll free at 1-800-342-7896, or online through the contact page. Speak with an experienced case analyst now, or ask to set up a free consultation with trial lawyer Scott Grabel. Our appellate court lawyers have the knowledge and experience needed to fight for your best interests in front of Michigan appeals judges.