What is an Appeal?

If you or a loved one has been convicted of a crime in Michigan, you need to be aware of what an appeal is and how appellate court action could affect your case. While you may have heard of the Michigan Court of Appeals, or known that a successful appeal could change your outcome, exactly what an appeal is and how to file one is critically important information. 

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An appeal is a request filed to a higher court requesting that the higher court (or appellate court) reviews and changes the decision of a lower court. It is very difficult to win an appeal after a Michigan criminal conviction, but it could help you or your loved one earn a better sentence or reversed verdict. As soon as a decision has been entered in your criminal case, you should contact an experienced post-trial attorney to find out more about your legal options. Grabel & Associates can help you understand the details of your case and how the appeal process works.

Appeal a Court Decision in Michigan

After you or someone you care about has been convicted, you may have a limited period of time in which you can appeal a decision. You will need to file an appeal with the applicable higher court, and work with a lawyer to gather the paperwork and fees necessary for your appellate case. The appellate court will review case details and determine if the initial decision was lawful, however you do not get a new trial through appeal, making it even more important to work with a lawyer who understands how to research and write to win appellate cases.

Types of Appeals in Michigan

There are two types of appeals in Michigan, appeal by right and appeal by application for leave. Appeals of right do not require permission from the court before filing, whereas an appeal by application for leave does require permission and requests that specific details of the case be reviewed. Work with an attorney who can help you understand the type of appeal you need to file and how much time you have to file your appeal.

Michigan Appellate Courts

There are multiple courts in Michigan that hear appellate cases, and our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in a variety of court cases statewide.

  • The Michigan Court of Appeals is an intermediate court between the Supreme Court and Michigan trial courts, and hears circuit court appeals and probate court hearings.
  • The Michigan Circuit Court acts as the appellate court for district court decisions.
  • The Supreme Court is the appellate court for the Michigan Court of Appeals, and oversees the actions of the trial courts (circuit, district, and probate).

Contact Grabel & Associates now for aggressive representation in any of the above courts. No matter where you are in Michigan, our lawyers will review the details of your case and help you fight for a just result throughout the post-conviction process.

Our Approach to Criminal Appeals Cases

At Grabel & Associates, our attorneys know what it takes to win in difficult appellate cases, and while success is rare, our team will do all they can to fight for a better result in your criminal case. Under the direction of founding attorney Scott Grabel, our criminal defense lawyers work in both trial and appellate cases, and have ample experience defending clients who face complex situations. Attorney Scott Grabel has worked in the pre-hearing division of the Michigan Court of Appeals, and can give you insightful information about the appellate process and your post-conviction options.

Work with a Michigan criminal appeals lawyer if you have questions about appeals in Michigan. Our attorneys can help you understand what an appeal is, how to file an appeal, and what actions you need to take to fight for the rights of yourself or a loved one. Our experienced Michigan team will not rest until every legal option has been explored, and we will give you the information you need to make informed decisions in your case.

Contact Grabel & Associates for a Michigan Appellate Lawyer

Our firm can be reached toll free 24/7 at 1-800-342-7896, or online through our contact form. Work with our team now and fight back against wrongful conviction or sentencing. We understand that jury misconduct or bias, evidential issues, judge bias, and other legal problems could have lead to conviction, and will help you fight back against an unjust result.