Federal Appeals Lawyer Eighth Circuit

If you or someone you love and care about has been convicted of a crime or signed a plea bargain in a Federal Trial Court in the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska or Missouri you will need to retain the services of a skilled federal appeals lawyer handling cases with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

At the law office of Eddington & Worley, our attorneys specialize in making appeals with the Circuit Courts of Appeal in the US.

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Whether our clients were actually convicted of a crime or signed a plea bargain, it is our sworn duty to locate the legal issues within the case that provide grounds for a strong appeal. This review of trial and sentencing records will provide us a good view of all the legal issues involved and will allow our talented brief writers to do their essential work.

Finding, identifying, and studying the legal issues in both criminal and plea agreement cases is at the heart of what we do.  In these situations, the stakes are always high and the implications for the future are grave, for this reason only the most meticulous and thorough Federal Appeal Attorneys can give hope to cases like this.

How Does the Criminal Appeal Process Work?

The premise for an appeal is that the judge and lawyers handling the original case must have missed some important legal issues that would have brought about another ruling, potentially one in your favor. It is our job to review the court records and expose these issues and whether they are found in the trial record or the plea and sentence.

Only an exhaustive and in-depth study of these records will bring to light the crucial details and issues within motions, exhibits, and transcripts. Before any of our findings can be brought to the attention of the judges an appellate court review must be carefully assembled and this requires a comprehensive research into each issue we find and plenty of research to bolster our case. For this reason, the first step of researching and reviewing court records is the essential foundation from which a sound case can be constructed.

Because of the critical importance of integrity, clarity and precision in our work, every brief will be drafted numerous times, reviewed and potentially drafted a few more times, to ensure that no small detail is overlooked. Clear report of legal issues, references to case law and accurate statements of facts are all the details that must be ground to their finest points. Excellent grammar and cunning sentence and paragraph order are also critical to the professionalism and understanding of the brief in question. Once prepared your appellate brief will need to be filed with the Eighth Circuit Court in both digital and hardcopy forms.

What Happens After the Appeal is Filed?

Once the appeal has been filed with the Eighth Circuit, the Government will then reply by filing their responding brief in which they will make some arguments against your appeal. We will then craft some clever responses to each of these arguments. Because every step in the process is leading to a desirable or undesirable outcome, it is essential to apply meticulous attention to every proverbial “jot” and “tittle”. Extensive experience in appeals experience and a passion for the intricate and immaculate has provided us special skills in handling these arguments.

Next, an oral argument will be scheduled for your lawyer before a panel of Federal Judges that will be asking many questions. Your lawyer will use this opportunity to, not only deftly answer these important questions, but steer the court’s opinion in your favor with carefully chosen responses and great preparation. Because these oral arguments involve time limitations, the necessity for an attorney is clear.

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This is a direct communication with the judges who will decide the outcome of your case. An experienced appeals attorney will use this opportunity to find the doubts they have in your plea and dispel this confusion. The questions that the federal judges will present are considerably weighty in terms of shifting the balance of justice in one way or another. Only the services of an experienced appellate lawyer will be able to use each question to persuade and better understand the perspective of the federal panel. This is where our superior lawyer services can step in and defend your rights.

As you can see, not only is the Federal Appeals Process complex, it is also strewn with a thousand ways it can go wrong and the only way to plot a safe course and to a successful outcome is with talented and experienced Federals Appeals Attorneys.

What States are Covered by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals?

Those who have been convicted of a crime or signed a plea agreement in any of the following states and U.S. District Courts will have to appeal their case to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals:

  • Eastern District of Arkansas (Little Rock, Helena, and Jonesboro)
  • Western District of Arkansas (El Dorado, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Harrison, Hot Springs  and Texarkana)
  • Northern District of Iowa (Cedar Rapids and Sioux City)
  • Southern District of Iowa (Des Moines, Davenport, Council Bluffs)
  • U.S. District Court of Minnesota (Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth and Fergus Falls)
  • Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis, Cape Girardeau and Hannibal)
  • Western District of Missouri (Kansas City, Jefferson City and Springfield)
  • U.S. District Court of Nebraska (Omaha, Lincoln, North Platte)
  • U.S. District Court of North Dakota (Bismarck, Fargo, Minot and Grand Forks)
  • U.S. District Court of South Dakota (Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Pierre and Aberdeen)

Any convictions or signed pleas from the scouts will have to be appealed at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; it is important to act quickly because there is a time limit. After your notification of a plea agreement or conviction, you will have 30 days to file a Notice of Appeal. This is a mandatory step in the process and allows these appeals to be handled in an orderly fashion.

However, if you have already passed the 30 day period and not submitted your Notice of appeals, you must contact us right away. We can review your case and provide expert support where your previous attorney did not.

What Types of Appeals Cases Does Eddington & Worley Handle?

At the law firm of Eddington & Worley, we handle all types of criminal cases appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals: including but not limited to:

  • Gang activity, extortion, kidnapping, and loan sharking;
  • White-collar crimes such as bank fraud, corruption, insider trading, bribery, identity theft, conspiracy, money laundering, and mail and wire fraud;
  • Violent crimes such as assault, manslaughter, and murder;
  • Drug crimes including possession, distribution, manufacturing, trafficking, and drug crime conspiracies;
  • Firearm crimes including possession of a weapon and unlawful sale.

Contact The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Attorney At Eddington Worley Today

We work hard to ensure our clients are treated fairly in all aspects of the legal system. Remember that your rights are not guaranteed to you, but must be exercised by you and your legal defense. Let our federal appeal law firm ensure you are given a fair trial and just treatment by the justice legal system.

To get started just call our law offices today at  (281) 595-1519 and our qualified appeals attorneys will let you know your options. Don’t assume that the legal system will jump in to protect your rights if you have received a ruling and want to take it to the next level, contact us today.

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