An Indianapolis resident may not realize until it is too late how important it is to have the right attorney on their case who knows the law and the facts well and who has a good working relationship with them.
The end result can be that the person has been convicted of a crime, or is facing a harsh punishment, when they did not really deserve, and certainly did not expect, that result.
While these are difficult situations, our law office still has some options we can help such people pursue through the proper channels.
For instance, our attorneys are equipped to appeal a person's conviction, or sentence, to one of this state's appellate courts. While an appeal does not amount to a do-over of one's trial, it does allow a person to claim that mistakes were made in their criminal proceeding that warrant either a new trial or some other sort of relief which can sometimes include an outright reversal of a conviction. Appealing requires one follow a detailed process that our attorneys are experienced at navigating.
Another step we can take on behalf of our clients is what is called post-conviction relief.
Unlike an appeal, post-conviction relief will involve a separate hearing, like a trial in a lot of ways, that will be in front of a judge. It is often seen as a last, final chance for a person to overcome a bad result in a criminal case, at least at the state level.
It requires that we carefully investigate one's case, going over old information as necessary, since the vast majority of post-conviction cases arise either because of new and previously unknown information in a case or evidence that one's attorneys were not effective in their defense.