Federal Appeals Lawyer First Circuit
If you have been tried and convicted of committing a crime in a United States District Court also known as a Federal Trial Court in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, New Hampshire or Maine, you need to engage a federal appellate lawyer with experience in handling federal appeals that are heard in the First Circuit Court of Appeals. At the law firm of Eddington & Worley, we handle federal appeals in the First Circuit Court of Appeals and across the United States.
We usually focus on researching and finding legal issues for federal appeals whether you were convicted after taking a plea agreement or after a trial in court. We are highly skilled at brief writing and can review the entire record of your trial or the record of your sentencing if it happened after you took a plea bargain. Our core practice is finding any legal issues in both of the situations mentioned above. We will leave no stone unturned and nothing to chance as we strive for success in your appeal. Due to the high stakes and serious consequences involved in your case, you need serious and competent representation when filing an appeal. Call (281) 595-1519 to get the representation you deserve.
How Does the Criminal Appeal Process Work?
On engaging us, we will find and expose any legal issues that may have been missed by your attorney and the presiding judge in your case. After consulting us, the first step that we take is to scrutinize all court records pertaining to your trial, plea bargain and eventual sentence. We will learn all the issues and details pertaining to your case by going through court transcripts, motions, and exhibits. We start by carrying out the requisite research and crafting each legal issue surrounding your case for the review by the appeal courts. We provide the best legal briefs since we found our briefs on comprehensive research that explores all issues surrounding your case.
Before submitting any brief to the court, we always go through numerous drafts with a view of ensuring that there are no details that are lost, no legal issues are left unexplored, the case law is strong, the statement of facts is accurate (this is your side of the story). We are also very thorough so as to ensure that the final brief has the correct sentence and paragraph structure and no grammar errors. After creating your final brief, we will file it electronically and deliver a hard copy of the brief to the First Circuit of Appeals. Understanding how to file briefs properly is critical to meeting the deadlines in the Circuit Court of Appeals.
What Happens After the Appeal is Filed?
After we have filed your brief, the prosecution on behalf of the government then usually file an answering brief. We then usually have an opportunity to draft a ‘reply’ attacking the arguments of the prosecution against you. Each of these stages is important to the appeal argument in court and we will give the utmost meticulous attention at each stage. We are highly skilled and experienced in addressing the questions that are usually posed by judges of Federal Appellate Courts.
Even for the most experienced lawyers, delivering an oral argument before the First Circuit Court of Appeals can be a dynamic, fluid and challenging roller coaster ride. The oral argument is an interactive and rapid-fire session where we get to advocate for you in front of a panel of Federal Judges. The judges ask questions that we answer in a persuasive way that favors you. The time allocated for oral arguments is limited and it is important to be well prepared.
Federal Appeal Courts are different from trial courts. In Federal Appeal Courts, appellate attorneys have a limited amount of time to answer questions from the presiding judges and make your case during oral argument sessions. The time for oral arguments is not just about answering questions, the appeal attorney usually has a chance to sway the court in your favor. This is essentially a face-to-face meeting where an attorney meets with the judges who hold your fate in their hands. Oral argument sessions provide your attorney with an opportunity to gauge whether the court has any doubts about the legal arguments that are contained in your appellate brief.
Every question that a judge asks during the oral argument sessions presents a golden opportunity to you. The questions provide an opportunity to persuade the court and help them see things your way. Our attorneys understand the importance of each moment during oral sessions. We are usually there at every step and moment arguing before the court in your favor.
It can be hard and confusing to understand and follow the Federal Appeals Process. Never go through the process alone. At the law firm of Eddington & Worley, we have very experienced and talented Federal Appeal Lawyers who can guide you at every step of the appeal process hence giving you the best shot at a favorable judicial outcome.
What States are Covered by the First Circuit Court of Appeals?
If you have been convicted or taken a plea bargain deal, you must appeal your sentence to any of the First Circuit Court of Appeals listed below:
- U.S. District Court of Maine (Portland and Bangor)
- U.S. District Court of Massachusetts (Boston, Worcester, and Springfield)
- U.S. District Court of New Hampshire (Concord)
- U.S. District Court of Rhode Island (Providence)
- U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico (San Juan)
The cases being handled in these courts usually come from cities such as Providence, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts; Concord, New Hampshire, and others. Any legal disposition that is filed before these courts must appeal to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. However, you must act fast since time is usually limited and of the essence. If you have entered a plea bargain or been convicted of a crime in any of the districts mentioned and are hoping to get an appeal, you must file a Notice of Appeal before the relevant court within 30 days! This is a requirement of the courts and it gives you a chance to appeal your case in a timely fashion. What will happen if you do not file a notice of appeal within the required 30 days? Most likely, you will lose your rights to file an appeal, meaning you are stuck with the decision from your initial trial. This is why you should contact us immediately. We can still review your case and look at the issues surrounding your sentence even if your previous lawyer did not do so.
What Types of Appeals Cases Does Eddington & Worley Handle?
The federal appeals lawyers at our firm handle every type of criminal or civil case that is brought before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. The cases that we handle include but are not limited to:
• White-collar crimes such as wire and mail fraud, bank fraud, bribery, money laundering, identity theft, bribery, conspiracy, corruption and insider trading
• Extortion, kidnapping, loan sharking and gang activity
• Violent crimes such as murder, manslaughter, armed robbery and assault
• Drug crimes including manufacturing, possession, trafficking, distribution, and conspiracies related to drug crimes
• Firearm crimes including the unlawful sale, importing and selling guns and ammunition across state lines and possession of a weapon
• Health care crimes including making fraudulent claims on Medicare and Medicaid and fraud
Contact a First Circuit Court of Appeals Attorney At Eddington & Worley Today
Our federal appeals attorneys at Eddington & Worley wok hard to ensure that each of our clients is treated fairly by the judges and justices of the court and the prosecution. Remember that the courts and government do not protect your rights. It is your responsibility and that of your attorney to ensure that you exercise the protection that is guaranteed to you by the constitution and federal statutes. Let our federal appeals law firm help you protect your rights, get a fair trial and guarantee that you or any other individual is not trampled by the justice system.
You are probably asking how you can get started on receiving the justice you deserve. Contact us at (281) 595-1519 and let our team of highly qualified and experienced criminal appeals lawyers assist you. The First Circuit Court of Appeals will not protect any of your rights but WE CAN. Our appeal lawyers are trained experts on the appeal process in federal courts, trained experts on all aspects of the law and further, they are trained to guarantee that you get justice.